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MHL board chairman and MHL general board member Vladimir Yurzinov turns 79. Famous coach continues to work hard on developing junior hockey in all of Russia. His seminars, where Vladimir Vladimirovich shares his knowledge and profound experience, draw a lot of interest from coaches and hockey players.
And his experience is nothing short of colossal. Future hockey player and hockey coach was born in the sports district of Moscow, next to Dynamo Stadium, so his sports basis was set right in his childhood. When Yurzinov was just 17 years old, he already made it to Dynamo Moscow professional team. Four years later Arkady Chernyshev made him the captain of the team and Yurzinov played for the blue-and-white up till 1972.
His tenure with Team USSR wasn’t always successful but he still won two World Championship gold medals in that period of time. He could have also won gold medal at the Olympics. Moreover, he made the roster of Team USSR for the 1964 Winter Olympics in Innsbruck, Austria. However, on the eve of the departure to Austria he was diagnosed with appendicitis, which put an end to his Olympics hopes. Today Vladimir Vladimirovich jokes that had he known the outcome, he wouldn’t have gone to the doctor that day. Back then it was a serious blow for him.
Apart from hockey, Yurzinov found time for studying. In the mid-60’s he was accepted to MGU (Moscow State University). His major was journalism. He was accepted without any test for the night shift. He completed his studies almost exactly when he finished his hockey career. In 1972 Yurzinov retired as a hockey player from Dynamo Moscow and travelled to Finland where he spent two years with Koo-Vee as their playing coach.
34-year-old Yurzinov came back from Finland in 1974 and Boris Kulagin invited him to be his assistant coach on Team USSR. After two unsuccessful World Championships Kulagin was let go and Viktor Tikhonov took his place. Vladimir Yurzinov remained his assistant coach. Together they coached Team USSR at the 1974, 1980 and 1984 Winter Olympics, 10 World Championships and many other international tournaments.
As assistant coach on Team USSR Yurzinov won six gold medals (1978-79, 1981-83 and 1986) and four silver medals (1976-766, 1985 and 1987) at the World Championships, and also three gold medals at the Olympics (1976, 1984 and 1992) and a bronze Olympics medal with Team Russia in 2002.
Vladimir Yurzinov started as the head-coach of Dynamo Moscow and then moved to Latvia to coach Dinamo Riga, where he replaced Viktor Tikhonov. While Tikhonov’s best result with Dinamo Riga was fourth place in USSR Championship, his successor led the team to silver medals. In the final game of 1988 Riga met unbeatable CSKA. They lost but Yurzinov’s side got a lot of praise and turned quite a few heads.
The very next year Yurzinov went back to Dynamo Moscow. With the blue-and-white Yurzinov had won silver medals in three consecutive seasons but never won the championship title. It all changed when he came back. In the late 80’s and early 90’s Dynamo Moscow won three championship titles. It was under Yurzinov’s command the new Russian hockey stars came to rise – Alexei Kovalev, Darius Kasparaitis, Alexei Yashin, Andrei Nikolishin and many others. A lof of talented young players came to be because of Yurzinov’s hard work.
His success didn’t have any effect on his ambitions. In 1992 Yurzinov went back to Finland – his new challenge was coaching TPS from Turku. Yurzinov led this legendary Finnish club to two championship titles and in 1998 he was invited to coach Team Russia, which was getting ready to compete at the Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan. That year Team Russia consisted of NHL stars lost in the final game to Team Czech Republic led by Dominik Hasek, but just like any other Yurzinov team, they were fun to watch.
After the Olympics Vladimir Vladimirovich went on to coach Kloten in Switzerland. In 2005 he was named Lokomotiv Yaroslavl head-coach. Back then, 10 years ago, Yurzinov joked that 65 is the perfect age for retirement. But it’s 2019 now and he still travels all over the country, helping young players develop. Symbolically, he’s on MHL board.
Dear Vladimir Vladimirovich! MHL staff wishes you a very happy birthday! We wish you good health, patience, work success, happiness, well-being and great mood everyday!
Dynamo Moscow player (1957-72), 2-time World Champion and European Champion (1963, 1969), USSR Cup winner.
USSR Honorary Master Of Sports (1963),
USSR Honorary Coach (1976),
Latvian SSR Honorary (1983),
RSFSR Honorary Coach (1992),
Honorary Coach Of Russia (1998).
MHL board chairman since March 26th 2009
RECEIVED A ‘HOMELAND MERIT’ MEDAL OF IV DEGREE IN 2011
RECEIVED A ‘RED LABOR PENNANT’ MEDAL IN 1978
RECEIVED A MEDAL OF HONOR IN 1998
RECEIVED A MEDAL OF DISTINCTION IN 1998
RECEIVED A DISTINCTION AWARD IN 1981
RECEIVED A ‘VALOR OF LABOR’ MEDAL IN 1975
NATIONAL SPORTS AWARD ‘EPOCH IN SPORTS’ LAUREATE IN 2016