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The Red Wings matryoshka doll is the new Russian Five

Via puckhead Cam comes a very rare hockey collectible (at least in North America): a hand-painted, Detroit Red Wings' matyroshka doll. It's the first powerplay unit you can also use as a bookend!

According to Cameron, this one-of-a-kind item comes courtesy of his parents, who recently visited the Czech Republic and brought the Red Wings matryoshka back for him as a gift:

They said they walked by a store selling the dolls (apparently a huge thing over there), noticed a sign advertising NFL teams and wondered if they had NHL, too. Sure enough, they had a Red Wings one right at the front of the counter. It's a pretty awesome souvenir.

It seems only fitting that the Red Wings would get the nesting doll treatment, especially with Detroit's history of employing wooden Russians.

If you're having a hard time determining who's who from the front (if only there were numbers on their helmets! When will they learn!), Cameron was kind enough to include a photo of the dolls from the back, where each can be identified by his nameplate and jersey number.

The Red Wings matryoshka doll is the new Russian Five

From left to right, that's Zetterberg, Lidstrom, Datsyuk, Holstrom, and Franzen.

I find it ironic that Tomas Holmstrom(notes) and Johan Franzen(notes) -- two pretty massive dudes -- were made as the smallest pieces of the set. And gosh, teeny Johan Franzen is just adorable. Although I imagine he'd be a lot less effective if he were that small in real life.

Many thanks to Cam for sharing this with us.

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