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Vladimir Krutov

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 2
Silver 1
Bronze 0
Total 3
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full nameVladimir Yevgenyevich•Krutov
Used nameVladimir•Krutov
Nick/petnamesThe Tank
Original nameВладимир Евгеньевич•Крутов
Born1 June 1960 in Moskva (Moscow), Moskva (RUS)
Died6 June 2012 in Moskva (Moscow), Moskva (RUS)
Measurements175 cm / 82 kg
AffiliationsCSKA Moskva, Moskva (RUS)
NOC Soviet Union
Nationality Russian Federation

Biography

Vladimir Krutov began playing hockey with CSKA Moskva in 1977, playing there until 1989. With CSKA Moskva Krutov won 11 consecutive Soviet and European Champions Cups (1979-89). He was also selected as MVP of the Soviet Championships in 1987, was the leading goal scorer at the Soviet Championships in 1984, 1986 and 1987, and was chosen as part of the best line at the Soviet Championships in 1981-87 and 1989. In 1989, after Soviet players were allowed to play in NHL, Krutov joined the Vancouver Canucks, but played there only one season. He then played two seasons with Lions Zürich, before finishing his career in Sweden, with Östersunds IK (1992-95) and Brunflo IK (1995-96).

Internationally besides his three Olympic medals, Krutov was World champion five times (1981-83, 1986, 1989) and European champion seven times (1981-83, 1985-87, 1989). He also won silver (1987) and bronze (1985) at the World Championships. Krutov was named the best forward at the 1986 and 1987 World Championships and was the leading scorer at the 1987 World Championships and 1988 Olympics, and was also the leading goal scorer in 1987. Krutov won a full set of medals at the Canada Cup – gold in 1981, silver in 1987, and bronze in 1984. After his sporting career Krutov coached CSKA Moskva from 1996-2001, as the head coach in 2001. From 2002 until his untimely death due liver failure, Krutov worked as the director of sports school in Moscow.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal Nationality As
1980 Winter Olympics Ice Hockey (Ice Hockey) URS RUS Vladimir Krutov
Ice Hockey, Men (Olympic) Soviet Union 2 Silver
1984 Winter Olympics Ice Hockey (Ice Hockey) URS RUS Vladimir Krutov
Ice Hockey, Men (Olympic) Soviet Union 1 Gold
1988 Winter Olympics Ice Hockey (Ice Hockey) URS RUS Vladimir Krutov
Ice Hockey, Men (Olympic) Soviet Union 1 Gold

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