Vladislav Alexandrovitch Tretiak was born on April, 25th 1952 in the small town of Dimitrov, near Moscow. At first he wanted to be an airline pilot like his father. Before his mother, a pretty
good bandy player, gave him his first lessons in skating Vladislav used to do athletics, skiing and swimming, but he decided to play hockey and that was a very good decision. In his first years he played as a forward, but an injury
forced the 11 year-old kid to become a goaltender - the beginning of a fantastic hockey career.