Viktor Tikhonov

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Viktor Tikhonov in 2010

Viktor Vasilyevich Tikhonov (Russian: Виктор Васильевич Тихонов; June 4, 1930 – November 24, 2014) was a Soviet ice hockey player and coach. Tikhonov was a defenceman with VVS Moscow and HC Dynamo Moscow from 1949 to 1963, winning four national championships.

He was born in Moscow. He was the coach of the Soviet team, winning eight World Championship gold medals, as well as Olympic gold in 1984, 1988, and 1992.

Tikhonov also led CSKA Moscow to twelve consecutive league championships. He also coached the Soviet team that lost to the United States, 4-3, in the 1980 Olympic medal round game known as the Miracle on Ice. He was named to the IIHF Hall of Fame as a builder in 1998.

Tikhonov was hospitalized in late October 2014[1] and died after a long illness in Moscow on November 24, 2014, at the age of 84.[2]

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  1. Zaccardi, Nick (31 October 2014). "Former Soviet Olympic hockey coach Viktor Tikhonov recently in hospital". NBC Sports. Retrieved 24 November 2014.
  2. "Report: Russian hockey coaching legend Tikhonov passes away in Moscow at age 84". TSN. 24 November 2014. Retrieved 24 November 2014.