Friday October 31st, 2014

Russia's media is reporting that Viktor Tikhonov, 84, the most decorated hockey coach in Russian hockey history, has been rushed to hospital.

There are no further details.

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Tikhonov was behind the bench when the Soviet Union/CIS team won Olympic gold in 1984, ’88 and ’92, and the Canada Cup in ’81. He also won eight world championship gold medals and 13 consecutive Soviet titles as the head coach of CSKA Moscow (from ’78 to ’89). He may best be known in this country, though, for a game he lost: The Miracle On Ice. Tikhonov's decision to pull all-world goalkeeper Vladislav Tretiak after he allowed a goal to Mark Johnson of Team USA with one second remaining in the first period was the turning point in a game that is widely regarded as the greatest sporting event in American history.

Tikhonov played right wing for 15 years in the Soviet elite league, winning three championships with VVS and one with Moscow Dynamo.

He was inducted into the International Hockey Hall of Fame in 1989, but has yet to be honored by the Hockey Hall of Fame.

 

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