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Viktor Konovalenko

Born March 11, 1938, in Gorky, Soviet Union. Considered one of the best goaltenders of his time, Konovalenko played his entire career, which started in 1956, with his hometown club Torpedo Gorky, skating in 450 games. He played in nine IIHF World and European Championships, earning eight gold medals and one bronze. At the 1970 event, Konovalenko also named to the All-Star team. His two Olympic appearances in 1964 and 1968, earned him two gold medals. In the twilight of his career, Konovalenko tutored a then-young goaltender Vladislav Tretiak. He went on to coach at the junior level, working with Torpedo Gorky. He passed away in 1996.

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