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Legendary Soviet ice hockey player Zimin passes away

December 28, 2018, 15:34 UTC+3 MOSCOW

Playing for Spartak Moscow Zimin was the two-time Soviet champion and two-time winner of the Soviet Cup.

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Yevgeny Zimin

Yevgeny Zimin

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MOSCOW, December 28. /TASS/. Russia’s two-time Olympic champion and legendary forward of the Soviet Union’s ice hockey national team and Spartak Moscow club Yevgeny Zimin died at the age of 71, the press service of Spartak Moscow hockey club reported on Friday.

"He was the favorite player of Spartak ice hockey club’s fans and his life moto was simply saying: the ice hockey is, first of all, a game," the club’s press service said in its statement. "He was capable of everything playing this game. He was the master of ice hockey. We are all deeply saddened."

Playing for Spartak Moscow Zimin was the two-time Soviet champion and two-time winner of the Soviet Cup.

As part of the Soviet national ice hockey team, Zimin played to win two Olympic golds, namely at the 1968 Winter Games in France and 1972 Winter Games in Japan. He also scored the opener for the national team in the legendary 1972 Canada-USSR Ice Hockey Super Series.

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