Anatoli Vasilievich Firsov was a Russian ice hockey left wing and center, who competed internationally for the USSR. In the IIHF World Championships, he won the scoring title four times and was named the best forward three times, he was named the most valuable player in the Soviet hockey league three times. Between 1964 and 1972, Firsov played 166 games for the national team, he scored 134 goals, won three Olympic and eight world titles. Firsov played in HC CSKA Moscow, he would become one of the best forwards in Soviet hockey. Despite this he would not participate in the 1972 Summit Series against Canada. Many believe. In 1972, while still playing for CSKA Moscow, Firsov began working as an assistant coach for the club. Between 1976 and 77 he was the head coach of the Soviet junior team, which won a bronze medal at the 1977 World Championships. From 1977 and until his death he worked as a children's hockey coach. In 1989, Firsov was elected to the Congress of People's Deputies, running on a policy of improving health conditions and sporting facilities.
In 1998, he was inducted to the IIHF Hall of Fame. Firsov died in 2000 at the age of 59. Firsov was born and raised in Moscow on February 1, 1941; the family consisted of three children. When Firsov was only one month old, his father was killed in action during World War II and thus, he was raised by a single mother. Growing up, Firsov's family experienced economic hardship, his mother worked at a kindergarten, not a well paying job. Firsov did not play ice hockey. Instead, he played bandy, more popular than ice hockey at the time in the Soviet Union; the two sports share many similarities. One of the biggest differences between bandy and ice hockey is that the former uses a ball while the latter uses a puck. Firsov first played bandy as a member of his backyard team, he was slotted in as a defenceman, a position, reserved for undersized kids and kids with no equipment. During the summer, Firsov would play football. Due to the lack of money in the family, Firsov skates, his stick consisted of a shaft carved from a cherry tree and the blade of his stick was made from shaft bows which he acquired by stealing from horse yards at night.
The sticks broke and Firsov had to make new ones regularly. Meanwhile, his skates were composed of a boot with a blade laced at the bottom with a string. Despite these setbacks, Firsov became considered as one of the best young talents. At around 11 years old, he was playing against 16 year olds and at around 12 years old, he was playing against men that had served in the Army, it was. Firsov had a little difficulty with the different equipment at the beginning. Bandy sticks had a smaller blade compared to hockey sticks and Firsov felt that the larger blade interfered a little. However, Firsov credits the larger bandy fields for strengthening his endurance as he had to skate longer distances because bandy fields would be 100m in length compared to hockey's 60m in length. Soviet MVP: 1968, 1969, 1971 Soviet scoring champion: 1966 Soviet goal-scoring leader: 1966 IIHF World Championships scoring leader: 1967, 1968, 1969, 1971 IIHF World Championships goal-scoring leader: 1967, 1968, 1969, 1971 IIHF World Championships best forward: 1967, 1968, 1971 Order of the Red Banner of Labour two Orders of the Badge of Honor A. V. Firsov.
To Switch on the Light of Victory. Moscow: Fizkultura i sport. Anatoli Firsov at CCCP International video of Firsov in action
Charles Frederick Burns is a retired American-born Canadian professional ice hockey forward who played 749 games in the National Hockey League. He played for the Detroit Red Wings, Boston Bruins, Oakland Seals, Pittsburgh Penguins, Minnesota North Stars. Burns was known for being an excellent skater and defensive player who performed checking and penalty-killing, his trademark was the padded helmet that he was forced to wear after suffering a serious head injury while playing junior hockey in 1954–55. In 1959, he was the only US-born player in the NHL. Although Burns was born in Detroit, his family moved to Toronto, Ontario when he was a child. Burns chose Canadian citizenship when he turned 21 and played for the 1958 World Champion Whitby Dunlops. Burns had three spells as a player-coach, twice with the San Francisco Seals and one with the Minnesota North Stars, he coached the Stars again in 1974-75 after his retirement. Curiously, all of these were midseason assignments, he coaches youth hockey for the Wonderland Wizards of Bridgeport, Connecticut in his spare time.
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Award or decoration
An award is something given to a person, a group of people, like a sports team, or an organization in recognition of their excellence in a certain field. An award may be accompanied by trophy, certificate, commemorative plaque, badge, pin, or ribbon. An award may carry a monetary prize given to the recipient. For example: the Nobel Prize for contributions to society, or the Pulitzer prize for literary achievements. An award may simply be a public acknowledgment of excellence, without any tangible token or prize of excellence. A decoration is an object, such as a medal or an order's insignia, awarded to honor the recipient, it may be awarded by a sovereign state, a fount of honour or an organization, can include: An honorable mention is an award, prize or recognition given to something that does not make it to a higher standing but is worth mentioning in an honorable way. Decoration Order Prize List of awards List of science and technology awards Military awards and decorations List of military decorations Civil awards and decorationsTitle Order of precedence English, James F..
The Economy of Prestige: Prizes and the Circulation of Cultural Value. Harvard University Press. ISBN 9780674030435
Alexander Pavlovich "Rags" Ragulin was a Russian ice hockey player. He is considered as one of the best defensemen in Soviet ice hockey history, winning three Olympic gold medals and ten world titles. Ragulin began training in ice hockey in 1957 with Khimik Voskrosensk. In 1962 he moved to CSKA Moscow and played with that team until retiring in 1973. With CSKA he won five European Champions Cups. During his 13 years with the national team, Ragulin played 239 scored 29 goals. Besides the Olympic and world titles, he won nine gold and three silver medals at the European Championships, was selected as the best defenseman of the 1966 World Championships. In 1972 he played six out of eight games of the legendary Summit Series between Canada and Soviet Union. After retiring from competitions, Ragulin coached SKA Novosibirsk and worked with children at the CSKA Moscow sports school, he was inducted in 2001 received the Olympic Order in Silver. Evans, Hilary. "Alexander Ragulin". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com.
Sports Reference LLC. Biographical information and career statistics from Eliteprospects.com, or Eurohockey.com, or The Internet Hockey Database IIHF Hall of Fame profile on Ragulin Ragulin at Hockey CCCP International The Summit in 1972 profile on Ragulin Alexander Ragulin's profile in the Modern Museum of Sports features a lot of photos of him, his awards and decorations
International Ice Hockey Federation
The International Ice Hockey Federation is a worldwide governing body for ice hockey and in-line hockey. It is based in Zurich and has 76 members, it maintains the IIHF World Ranking. Although the IIHF governs international competitions, the IIHF has no authority and little influence on hockey in North America, where the rules of modern hockey were developed and where the National Hockey League is the most influential hockey organization. Hockey Canada and USA Hockey federations have their own rulebooks, while non-North American federations follow the IIHF rules. Decisions of the IIHF can be appealed through the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne, Switzerland; the IIHF museum was located within the International Hockey Hall of Fame Museum located in Kingston, Canada, from 1992 to 1997. After terminating the partnership with the International Hockey Hall of Fame, the IIHF signed an agreement with the NHL to house their museum within the Hockey Hall of Fame. In 1998, the IIHF museum relocated to Toronto, Canada, occupying over 3,500 square feet within the Hockey Hall of Fame.
The main functions of the IIHF are to govern and organize hockey throughout the world. Another duty is to promote friendly relations among the member national associations and to operate in an organized manner for the good order of the sport; the federation may take the necessary measures in order to conduct itself and its affairs in accordance with its statutes and regulations as well as in holding a clear jurisdiction with regards to ice hockey and in-line hockey at the international level. The IIHF is the body responsible with arranging the sponsorships, license rights and merchandising in connection with all IIHF competitions. Another purpose of the federation is to provide aid in the young players' development and in the development of coaches and game officials. On the other hand, all the events of IIHF are organized by the federation along with establishing and maintaining contact with any other sport federations or sport groups; the IIHF is responsible for processing the international players' transfers.
It is the body that presides over ice hockey at the Olympic Games as well as over all levels of the IIHF World Championships. The federation works in collaboration with local committees when organizing its 25 World Championships, at five different categories. Though the IIHF runs the world championships, it is responsible for the organization of several European club competitions such as the Champions Hockey League or the Continental Cup; the federation is governed by the legislative body of the IIHF, the General Congress along with the executive body, the Council. The Congress is entitled to make decisions with regard to the game's rules, the statutes and bylaws in the name of the federation, it is the body that elects the president and the council or otherwise known as board. The president of the IIHF is the representative of the federation, he represents the federation's interests in all external matters and he is responsible that the decisions are made according to the federation's statutes and regulations.
The president is assisted by the General Secretary, the highest ranked employee of the IIHF. The International Ice Hockey Federation was founded on 15 May 1908 at 34 Rue de Provence in Paris, France, as Ligue International de Hockey sur Glace; the founders of the federation were representatives from Belgium, Great Britain and Bohemia. Louis Magnus, the French representative, was the fifth member to sign the founding document and the first president of the LIHG; the second congress was held from 22 -- 25 January 1909 in France. Playing and competitions rules were established, an agreement was reached for an annual European Championship to be contested, beginning in 1910; the 1909 Coupe de Chamonix was contested during the congress. It was won by Princes Ice Hockey Club. Germany became the sixth LIHG member on 19 September 1909; the third LIHG Congress was held on 9 January 1910 in Switzerland. Louis Magnus was re-elected president and Peter Patton took on the position of vice-president; the first European Championship began in Les Avants a day after the conclusion of the congress.
It was won by Great Britain. Russia was added as the seventh LIHG member and Herman Kleeberg replaced Peter Patton as vice president at the fourth LIHG Congress, held in Berlin from 16–17 February 1911, in conjunction with the 1911 European Championship. On 14 March 1911, the LIHG adopted Canadian rules of ice hockey; the fifth LIHG Congress took place in Brussels, Belgium. Unlike the two previous conferences, it was not held in conjunction with the European Championships, staged in Prague in early February. A verdict was reached regarding the fate of the past month's European Championship, the subject of a protest by Germany, it was decided that the tournament would be annulled as Austria was not yet an LIHG member at the time of its playing. Austria, along with Luxembourg, were accepted as LIHG members at the congress. Henri van den Bulcke succeeded Louis Magnus as LIHG president, Max Sillig replaced Herman Kleeberg as vice-president; the first LIHG Championship was contested in Brussels from 20–24 March.
It was held annually until 1914. At the 1913 congress in St. Moritz, Max Sillig resigned his position as vice-president and was replaced by Peter Patton, who had served in the position from 1910–1911. In February 1913, LIHG
Bill Cleary (ice hockey)
William John Cleary Jr. is a retired American ice hockey player and athletic administrator. He played on the U. S. National Team that won the 1960 Winter Olympics gold medal, is a notable Belmont Hill alumnus. Cleary was an All-American hockey player at Harvard, starring for two years and setting several team records along the way, including most goals in a game, longest goal-scoring streak, most goals in a season and most points in a single season. Cleary's scoring prowess was instrumental in Harvard's invitation to the 1955 NCAA Tournament, the first in school history, Cleary was named to the All-Tournament First Team after Harvard's third-place finish. Taking a year away from college, he won a silver medal as a member of the U. S. ice hockey team at the 1956 Winter Olympics, after turning down a professional-contract offer from the National Hockey League's Montreal Canadiens. At the 1959 World Ice Hockey Championships, he won the IIHF directorate award for best forward. At the 1960 Winter Olympics, in Squaw Valley, California, he won a gold medal with the U.
S. leading his team in scoring through the tournament with 14 points. After the 1960 Olympics Cleary retired as a player and became an ice hockey official for several years before returning to Harvard in 1968 to coach the freshman squad. Bill was promoted to assistant coach of the varsity team and became the head coach in 1971 when Cooney Weiland retired. Cleary's teams got off to a fast start with a top two finishing in each of his first four years. Though he couldn't manage to win a tournament in the time Cleary had established himself enough to carry through a down period in the late 1970s. Harvard missed the postseason each year from 1977 to 1981, ending with a losing record in four of those seasons. There was a slight recovery in 1981-82 when Harvard won its division and was able to use it to propel itself into the ECAC title game and receive a subsequent invitation to the 1982 NCAA Tournament despite its rather bland record; the next season saw return to prominence for the Crimson as they won the ECAC Tournament and made the team's first National Title game, losing 6–2 to Wisconsin.
For the stark turnaround not only did Cleary receive the Spencer Penrose Award but Mark Fusco was awarded the Hobey Baker Award. After a brief dip in the standings for 1983-84, Harvard was a national contender for the remainder of the 1980s, winning at least 20 games each year from'85 to'89. Cleary won four consecutive ECAC regular season titles from'86 to'89 and reached the National Championship for a second time in 1986, losing 6–5 to Michigan State; that season Cleary coached his second Hobey Baker winner, Scott Fusco, who remains the top career scorer in the history of the program. Three years Harvard was once again in the title tilt, this time coming out on top with a 4–3 overtime win against Minnesota, garnering not only Harvard's first National Title, but their third Hobey Baker winner in Lane MacDonald. Cleary coached the Crimson for one more season before moving on to become an administrator for Harvard's athletic department and formally retired on June 30, 2001. Among many of the honors he has received include being named to the NCAA Ice Hockey 50th Anniversary team, chosen as the US Hockey Player of the Decade, tabbed as one of the 100 Golden Olympians by the USOC as well as being named the 33rd-best Massachusetts athlete in the 20th century by Sports Illustrated and #68 on the Boston Globe's top 100 New England athletes of the 20th century.
Additionally Cleary is the only person in the history of Harvard University's athletic department to have his jersey number retired. Cleary's three Hobey Baker winners ties him for having coached the most players with Mike Sertich and Doug Woog. Cleary was the driving force behind the structure of ECAC Hockey and a mentor to several successful college coaches, including 1987 CCHA Coach of the Year Val Belmonte; the Cleary Cup, named in his honor, is awarded to the ECAC's regular-season champion. Cleary was Ryan O/Neal's stand-in for key ice hockey action scenes in the 1970 film, Love Story, about a Harvard hockey player protagonist. Biographical information and career statistics from Eliteprospects.com, or The Internet Hockey Database
Vlastimil Bubník was a Czech ice hockey player and footballer. Bubník was born in Kelč, played in the Czechoslovak Extraliga, he played for Královo Pole. He won a bronze medal at the 1964 Winter Olympics, he was inducted into the International Ice Hockey Federation Hall of Fame in 1997. He was tied with Canada's Harry Watson and Russia's Valeri Kharlamov for the all-time Olympic scoring lead, until he was surpassed by Finland's Teemu Selänne in the 2010 Winter Olympics During his football career he played for RH Brno. Over nine seasons in the Czechoslovak First League, he made scoring 32 goals, he scored 40 goals in five seasons in the second level. He earned 11 caps and scored 4 goals for the Czechoslovakia national football team from 1957 to 1960, participated in the 1960 European Nations' Cup, he died in 2015. Ice hockey profile Vlastimil Bubník at FAČR Football profile