Hockey world mourns Tihonova
Athletes, coaches, assistants, followers of hockey, and just caring people from all over the world send condolences in connection with death of three-time Olympic champion Viktor Vasilyevich Tikhonov. Famous coach is considered the best professional in the history of hockey.
As well as the hockey world could not receive in their own ranks so well known coach. At the age of 12 years Tikhonov but to go to work in the bus fleet mechanic, in consequence of which a couple of years did not attend secondary school and have not had the opportunity to play sports. In 1943 he began training later years completed in School vending apprenticeship.
Only in 1945 Tikhonov began to do sports in school CSKA, which at that time was called "CDKA". 3 years he played the captain in 1 youth, then in the main soccer team of "Burevestnik"until the club disbanded. Tikhonov was part of the team of juniors in Moscow, winning in 1948, the USSR Cup. In parallel, he played in Russian hockey, and a little later moved to the "washer".
In 1949, Viktor Tikhonov, designed after completing his studies in the army, was immediately invited in football and ice-hockey team of the air force MBO (air forces of the Moscow military district). In 1949-1953, he played at the position defender for the air force MBO. In 1953 Tikhonov moved to Dynamo Moscow, where he spent 10 years of his career. Only in the USSR Championships he got to play in 296 matches and scored 35 goals. As a working hockey player four times he became a favorite of power.
On the coaching bridge Victor came into the 2nd half of the 1960-ies. 1st steps independent career he did as a mentor Riga "Dinamo", the earlier of the time a couple of years after working as an assistant coach at Dynamo Moscow. In Riga, he was able to achieve considerable success, bringing unpresentable in composition and capabilities of the team to fourth place in the championship of the Soviet Union.
In 1977 Tikhonov began to work the head coach of CSKA. For six decades the club, headed Tikhonov, 14 became the favorite nation, 14 times won the European Cup twice - the USSR Cup. In 1977, the year he was first entrusted with the USSR national team, which instantly transformed into a hegemonic world hockey. "Red machine" was put on stream victory at the global Championships(1978, 1979, 1981, 1982,1983, 1986, 1989, 1990 of years). And even when Tihonova team won three times at the Olympic games (1984, 1988, 1992). And in 1981, under the management of Russian athletes won the Canada Cup.
In 1993-1994 Tikhonov was the head coach of the Olympic team of Russia. In 1994, she for the first time in the history of the national hockey left without Olympic medals. After that Tikhonov left the post of chief coach of the national powers, but remained coach of CSKA.
In the summer of 2003, after a long break, Tikhonov again received an offer to head the Russian national team. After an unsuccessful performance at the world Championships 2004 Victor left the post. 31 March 2004 he left and as head coach of CSKA.
Until the last days he was considered a member of the Supervisory Board of the hockey club CSKA and noble army club President. In 1998, Viktor Tikhonov was inducted into the Hall of fame of the International ice hockey Federation, reports R-Sport. Besides his name is entered in the Museum of Olympic glory in Lausanne.