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Sportsnet tells the story of Alexander Mogilny’s defection, realities of late-Soviet Tikhonov hockey
Alexander Mogilny was one of the last (and only) Soviet-era players to defect from the USSR to play in the NHL (Sergei Fedorov, Mogilny and Pavel Bure were the young stars int he crown), and Sportsnet told his story. Former Buffalo Sabres GM Gerry Meehan narrates the tale, Sergei Fedorov makes several appearances in the 23-minute video, and thankfully, this feature was produced before Viktor Tikhonov's death, so it reminds us that Russian hockey has lost a legend--and a legendarily cruel dictator:
from Martin Merk of IIHF.com,
MOSCOW – One of international hockey’s most successful coaches of all time, Viktor Tikhonov, died this morning in a hospital in Moscow after long illness. He was 84. The funeral will take place in Moscow on Thursday.
With Tikhonov the international hockey family lost its most decorated coach ever. During his era as the head coach of the Soviet Union and Russia, the Moscow-born coach led the national team to three Olympic gold medals and eight World Championship titles between 1979 and 1992 and the 1981 Canada Cup. He also won one Olympic silver medal, one World Championship silver medal and two World Championship bronze medals.
Born in Moscow in 1930, Tikhonov played bandy, football and ice hockey. He started his hockey career at the top level as a defenceman with VVS MVO Moscow and Dynamo Moscow and won four consecutive championships (1951-1953 with VVS, 1954 with Dynamo) but is mostly remembered for his extraordinarily successful coaching career.
added 7:24am, Below, a YouTube user submitted tribute video of Tikhonov....
An Interview With Team Slovenia Coach and Member of the 1980 US Miracle on Ice Team; John Harrington
Part 1: The 1980 Miracle on Ice
First off, thanks for taking the time to speak with Kuklaskorner.
Following a standout NCAA career as a Right Winger for the University of Minnesota Duluth, you were invited to try out for the 1980 US Olympic Team by legendary coach Herb Brooks. What was training camp like with Brooks?
The try-out camp was a series of practices and games, with the team being selected at the end of the 12 days. It was pressure-packed, and no one had any idea where
they stood in the try-out process. At the end of the try-out, Brooks invited all 80
players that had participated in the try-out into a room, told us thanks for coming, and
then read off the 26 players’ names that he would keep on the team.
Having made the team, you participated in quite possibly the most famous hockey game ever, the Miracle on Ice, against a dominant Soviet squad, featuring Vladislav Tretiak, Valeri Kharlamov, Boris Mikhailov and Vladimir Petrov along with youngsters Viacheslav Fetisov, Sergei Makarov and Vladimir Krutov. What was the general mood in the dressing room before the game?
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from Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic,
He ate borsht and his mom’s homemade mushroom soup.
He wore thick sweaters under lumpy winter jackets.
He hung out with friends he made when he lived there for six years as a kid.
He visited with family, including his grandfather of the same name who coached the Soviet hockey team in its prime.
Feeling at ease away from the rink enabled Coyotes forward Viktor Tikhonov to focus on his reason for joining the Kontinental Hockey League
: to prove he belonged in Phoenix with the Coyotes.
“It worked out well,” Tikhonov said.
At the start of the season, Tikhonov had been in the mix for a roster spot with the Coyotes. But the coaching staff noticed a change in his style of play - particularly his skating.
GLENDALE, ARIZONA—Phoenix Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney announced today that the Coyotes have recalled forward Viktor Tikhonov from Cherepovets of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL), where he had been on loan from the Coyotes since Nov. 28.
Tikhonov, 21, appeared in 25 games with Cherepovets and recorded 14-1-15 and 12 penalty minutes (PIM). He led the team in plus/minus with a +11 rating while his 14 goals ranked T-2nd on the team. Prior to joining Cherepovets, Tikhonov played in 18 games for the San Antonio Rampage of the American Hockey League (AHL) and registered 2-6-8 and 12 PIM.
In 2008-09. the native of Riga, Latvia played in 61 games for the Coyotes as a rookie and collected 8-8-16 and 20 PIM. He ranked T-2nd among Coyotes rookies in goals and 3rd in points. The 6-foot-2, 190-pound Tikhonov was selected by the Coyotes in the first round (28th overall) of the 2008 Entry Draft.
It appears as though Nikita Filatov has started a trend.
According to an online report Phoenix Coyotes’ prospect Viktor Tikhonov has left the San Antonio Rampage of the AHL and has returned to Russia to join CSKA Moscow of the KHL.
“My son has been sent to the KHL, he has already landed in Moscow and he’s ready to play for CSKA” - Tikhonov’s father, Vasily Tikhonov, told Sovetsky Sport. “The only problem is that the league is investigating where his rights belong to. He left the NHL playing for Severstal Cherepovets, but that was two years ago”.
GLENDALE, ARIZONA—Phoenix Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney announced today that the Coyotes have loaned forward Viktor Tikhonov to KHL (Kontinental Hockey League) for the remainder of the 2009-10 season.
Tikhonov, 21, appeared in 18 games for the San Antonio Rampage (AHL) this season collecting 2-6-8 and 12 penalty minutes (PIM). Last season, the native of Riga, Latvia played in 61 games for the Coyotes as a rookie, registering 8-8-16 and 20 PIM. He ranked T-2nd among Coyotes rookies in goals and 3rd in points.
from Viktor Tikhonov of the Phoenix Coyotes at the Hockey News,
The road is also a good place for practical jokes. The other day we were at a team dinner and everyone was sitting at one big table. Players started clinking their glasses as if someone was going to make a toast, but when I saw a couple of them looking at me, I knew something was going on. Sure enough, I looked down at my shoes and they were covered in ketchup. I got shoe-checked.
After that I was given a mission to shoe-check Turris and Mikkel Boedker. I crawled under the table to get Boedker, but he was sitting next to defenseman Keith Yandle and I got Yandle by accident instead.
Rookie mistake, I guess!
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
Perhaps the most compelling and unusual story of the NHL entry draft is unfolding on a Friday afternoon, at a downtown restaurant, as Viktor Tikhonov – the 20-year-old grandson of the legendary Russian hockey coach – is talking about his goals and dreams, in fluent English, without a trace of an accent.
Or if there is an accent, it tends to be from northern California, falling somewhere between Stanford undergrad and radical surfer dude.
This is because the younger Tikhonov – despite his surname and hockey pedigree – is about as American as apple pie.