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Alexander Yakushev doesn't speak English, but his expression revealed the answer even before the interpreter delivered it.

Even 33 years later, Bob Clarke's two-handed slash that cracked an ankle of Russian superstar Valeri Kharlamov in the sixth game of the Summit Series rankles Yakushev.

"That moment should be on Bobby Clarke's conscience," Yakushev said yesterday at the Hockey Hall of Fame.

Reached in Philadelphia, Clarke declined to comment.

Yakushev, a star in his own right who tied Paul Henderson with seven goals in the 1972 series, was in Toronto to help promote the Legends Classic Tour, which will feature former Canadian and Russian players competing during stops in Winnipeg, Edmonton, Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver from Nov. 2 to 10.

The tour is part of this year's Hall of Fame induction festivities. Kharlamov will be posthumously inducted on Nov. 7 along with former Boston Bruins great Cam Neely and long-time amateur hockey executive Murray Costello.

No doubt Kharlamov's induction will bring up more memories from 1972, particularly the incident with Clarke. Kharlamov missed the seventh game and played injured in the eighth.

"Obviously, I look at it a little differently today," Henderson, who will coach the Canadian old-timers, said yesterday. "Hindsight is 20-20 for all of us. But I really don't think any part of that should ever be in the game.

"But in '72, I thought it was fine," he said with a laugh.

Henderson added: "That's the way Bobby Clarke played the game, and I would suggest he was the only one of the 35 players that would have gone out and done that. But we looked at it as war."

To be fair, the Russians were just as guilty of delivering cheap shots in that series.

Emotions ran high and hockey was only part of the story. Who can forget the seventh game, in Moscow, when Boris Mikhailov was clearly seen by television viewers kicking with his skates at Gary Bergman?

"I couldn't believe the guy was actually kicking me," Bergman, who died of cancer in 2000, later told teammate Bill White, according to the book, Team Canada 1972 -- Where Are They Now? "If a bunch of guys hadn't intervened and pulled me away, I was ready to kill the s.o.b."

Team Canada veteran Ron Ellis said it's hard to judge anything that happened in that series.

"I think we all did things in that series that we usually would have never done because it was such an emotional series," Ellis, now the director of public affairs for the Hall, said yesterday.

Henderson underlined that emotion when he cracked a comment Yakushev's way while being presented at a news conference yesterday.

"It's nice to see you and not hate your guts for once," Henderson said to a room full of laughter.

That Clarke felt compelled to take out Kharlamov late in that series could be seen as the ultimate compliment to the late superstar. He was killing Team Canada with his amazing talent.

"He absolutely amazed me and I think he amazed [Canada goaltender]Ken Dryden several times also," Henderson said with a chuckle. "His skill with the puck at high speed and his ability to get the puck away . . . just a wonderfully skilled hockey player. And that's why he's in the Hall of Fame today."

The 5-foot-8 Kharlamov, who had three goals and four assists in his six games in 1972, helped Red Army win 11 league championships and skated on eight world champion Soviet sides. He won Olympic gold in 1972 and 1976. He died in an auto crash in 1981, when he was 33.

"There's no point in saying what kind of player he was," said Yakushev, who will play for Russia on the Legends tour. "It's obvious that he was truly a superstar. It's not a coincidence that he's being inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame."

And Kharlamov was also a likeable figure off the ice, Yakushev said.

"He was always a funny guy, always the centre of attention," he said. "Everybody wanted to be around him. I remember him as a great, great guy."

Atlanta Thrashers star Ilya Kovalchuk wears the number 17 in honour of Kharlamov, despite being born two years after Kharlamov's death.

Seeing Henderson again also brought back a painful memory for Yakushev, who admits he can't get Henderson's winning goal in the eighth game out of his mind.

"I've played this goal many times in my head, many, many times," he said. "We would have loved for the series to end in a tie -- it would be fair for us and for Canadians. But that goal just proves how Canadians have that special quality -- they fight until the last second, they push until they get what they want."

Hall of Famer Steve Shutt was a major force in getting the Legends tour off the ground. He was part of a Canadian old-timers team that was invited to play in a similar series in Russia in 2001 and '03. So he wanted to help return the favour as hosts.

"We went over there and they treated us like kings," Shutt said yesterday.

The Canadian team will feature Shutt, Neely, Billy Smith, Gaston Gingras, Dave (Tiger) Williams, Glenn Anderson, Dale Hawerchuk, Rod Langway, Stéphane Richer, Bryan Trottier, Larry Murphy, Peter Stastny, Lanny McDonald and Borje Salming.

The Russians will include Yakushev, Valeri Kamensky, Nikolai Borschevsky, Alexander Semak, Dmitri Mironov, Alexander Kharlamov (the son of Valeri), German Titov and Igor Kravchuk.

Ellis said Igor Larionov may also join the team.

Notes: A portion of the proceeds from the tour will go to the Canadian Spinal Research Organization. . . . Custom goaltender masks designed for and signed by Wayne Gretzky, Michael Jordan, Tiger Woods and the Rolling Stones will be auctioned off for charity during induction weekend. . . . The tour will kick off on Nov. 2 in Winnipeg, followed by games in Edmonton on Nov. 4, Toronto on Nov. 6, Calgary on Nov. 9 and Vancouver on Nov. 10.