MOSCOW – Former hockey player and coach Anatoli Yegorov passed away on Monday. He was 82.
Yegorov played for Dynamo Moscow and Spartak Moscow and won the Soviet championship with Dynamo in 1954. He later became a coach of Spartak, Dinamo Riga and Sokil Kyiv and was on the coaching staff of the Soviet national team in 1967.
His longest tenure as a coach, however, was outside of the Soviet Union. Between 1969 and 1975 he led the Polish national team during one of its most successful eras.
Under Yegorov, Poland finished in sixth place at the 1972 Olympic Winter Games and placed fifth in three consecutive IIHF Ice Hockey World Championships (1973, 1974, 1975) – a placing Poland has not reached since.