Viktor Tikhonov has passed away

Today, at  1:00 a.m. we lost Viktor Tikhonov, a legendary Soviet ice hockey coach. He died at the age of 84 in Moscow after a long illness.  Tikhonov coached the Soviet hockey team when it was the most dominant team worldwide, winning the world cup eight times and achieving three Olympic gold medals.

 His name has been for several decades associated with a brilliant period in the history of Soviet hockey and is recorded in the Museum of Olympic Glory. His achievements at CSKA Moscow and with the Soviet Union national team brought him international fame and respect. Viktor Tikhonov was awarded the Olympic Order, the Order of Lenin, the Order of the Red Banner of Labour, the Order of Friendship, the medal “For military valor» 1st class and he  was introduced into the IIHF Hall of Fame.

Alexander Zhukov, President of the Russian Olympic Committee:

“Viktor Tikhonov could be called “a man of the era”. And this is not an exaggeration. Largely due to him hockey has become our game, our national sport. It happened so because all fans particularly appreciate victories, and Tikhonov’s teams has regularly achieved victories. He has passed away today …

It’s a great loss for all of us. He was very devoted to his favorite sport until his last days. He  will be remembered as a very cheerful and energetic man. On behalf of all employees of the Russian Olympic Committee I extend my sincerest condolences to your family and friends. “

His coaching career started in 1968 in Dynamo Riga. Then he became the Head Coach for both CSKA Moscow and the Soviet National Team with which he has dominated at home and in Europe for over ten years. He guided CSKA Moscow to 13 consecutive Soviet titles between 1977 and 1989.

Under Tikhonov’s leadership the Soviet National Team won three Olympic gold medals (1984, 1988, 1992) as well as one silver (1980). Soviet hockey players won world cups in 1978, 1979, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1986, 1989, 1990, the Challenge Cup (1979) and the Canada Cup (1981).

Viktor Tikhonov left his position as head coach of the national team in 1994 after the Russian team for the first time in the history of Russian hockey had not won Olympic medals. He headed the national team once again in 2003 at the age of 73 years, but he completed his coaching career after the team’s failure at the World Cup in 2004.