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Vladimir Yurzinov

Born on February 20, 1940 in Moscow, Soviet Union. Vladimir Yurzinov progressed through the legendary Dynamo Moscow hockey system accumulating 238 goals in 489 games from 1957 to 1972 and later retired his number 17 jersey. Internationally, Yurzinov played in three IIHF World Championship tournaments, and skated away with two gold medals, in 1963 and 1969 and one bronze back in 1961. During the 1963 tournament in Stockholm, Yurzinov led his team in scoring and tied for the overall tournament lead with 12 points. Overall, in 53 national team games, he registered 25 goals. Before retiring as a player, Yurzinov spent two seasons as a player-coach for Finnish club KooVee, before returning to coach in the Soviet National League for 18 seasons split with Dynamo Riga and his old club Dynamo Moscow, of which the last three years, (1990-92) ended with national titles. Yurzinov's next assignment was in Turku with TPS, where from 1992-98 he guided the team to two gold and three silver medals, the 1994 European Cup title and the 1997 EHL and Super Cup championship. More recently, Yurzinov has coached in the Swiss club EHC Kloten, as well as at the international level, with the Russian Olympic team in 1998 and in 2002, where they earned a silver and a bronze medal respectively.

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