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Remembering Anatoly Tarasov - 20 Years Ago

06/24/2015 at 7:48am EDT

Twenty years ago yesterday, the legnedary Anatoly Tarasov passed from the hockey world.

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20 years ago the death of legendary Anatoliy Vladimirovich Tarasov. His contribution to the development of the domestic School of hockey is so huge that, so far, Tarasova remember and the players themselves, and of course, trainers. Under the direction of Anatoly Vladimirovich USSR national team nine times and won the World Championships (1963-1971) three times and became the champion of the Olympic Games (1964, 1968, 1972).

From the New York Times, 20 years ago.

Anatoly Tarasov, the fiery and inspirational coach who led the former Soviet Union to become a dominant world power in international hockey, died yesterday in Moscow. He was 76.

A Russian news agency said he died after a long illness.

In a letter to Mr. Tarasov's family, Russian President Boris Yeltsin called Mr. Tarasov a "living legend and an example to Russian athletes." Yeltsin said his death was an "irreparable loss for national hockey, for Russian sports, for many people to whom he was more than a coach, more than a teacher."

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