I never wanted to join the CSKA team. Never. Even then I was someone who understood a few things, and could make reasoned guesses about others. And what I heard and guessed about the army team and its new coach, Tikhonov, was enough to give me grave misgivings about playing my game under a military regime.

Källa: Igor Larionov, Jim Taylor & Lenod Reizer. Larionov. Codner Books: Winnipeg, MB, 1990: 29.