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Vasily Tikhonov, son of legendary soviet coach, dead at 56

by R-Sport at 07/08/2013 10:26

Former San Jose Sharks assistant coach Vasily Tikhonov, whose legendary Soviet head coach father and NHL draft pick son made him part of one of Russia’s great hockey families, died Wednesday at his home in Moscow.

He was 56. According to a statement from the Moscow investigative committee citing a witness, Tikhonov fell from his fourth-floor apartment window while cutting out a screen.

Tikhonov served as an assistant coach with the Sharks from 1993 to 1996, then another two with the Kentucky Thoroughblades of the American Hockey League. After four years in Finland and Switzerland, he returned to Russia in 2002 to coach CSKA Moscow. He was last behind the bench as an assistant with Ak Bars Kazan in 2011-12.

A police source told RIA Novosti Tikhonov was found at 23 Novy Arbat St., in downtown Moscow. Police would not immediatly reveal the identity of the body, but the Russian Ice Hockey Federation on Wednesday confirmed Tikhonov’s death in an online statement.

“We share our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Vasily Viktorivich,” the statement said.

Tikhonov’s father Viktor led the Soviet Union to 10 world championships between 1977 and 1990 and is widely viewed as Russia’s all-time greatest national team coach. He won gold at the Calgary Olympics in 1988 with the Soviet Union and with Russia at the Albertville Games four years later.

Vasily Tikhonov’s only son, also named Viktor, was a first round draft pick of the Phoenix Coyotes in 2008. He played 61 games over a single season in the NHL, scoring eight goals and eight assists. The 25-year-old is heading into his third season with SKA St. Petersburg in the KHL.



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