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MOSCOW, March 2. /TASS/. Two-time ice hockey Olympic winner and nine-time world champ, member of the Soviet national squad, Vladimir Petrov, has been interred at the Federal Military Memorial Cemetery in Mytishchi, Moscow region, a TASS correspondent reported from the scene.
The Russian national anthem was played, and the guards of honor fired volley shots as the coffin was lowered into the grave. The open-casket ceremony was held earlier in the day in the CSKA Ice Palace in Moscow, with representatives of the sports community, senior officials of the Kontinental Hockey League, the Russian Ice Hockey Federation and the HC CSKA Moscow coming to bid a final farewell to Petrov.
The renowned hockey champ died in the small hours of Tuesday morning at the age of 69. Petrov played in a trio with Boris Mikhailov and Valery Kharlamov. As a member of Soviet national team, he won gold medals at the 1972 Olympic Games in Sapporo and the 1976 Olympics in Innsbruck. In addition to that, he won silver at the 1980 Olympics in Lake Placid.
Petrov ranks fourth in the number of goals scored in the history of Soviet and Russian ice hockey. He is a nine-time world champion and was the best scorer of the tournament four times. In 2006, Petrov was inducted into the International Ice Hockey Federation’s (IIHF) Hall of Fame. In 2013, he was appointed President of the Golden Puck young ice hockey players’ club and served as the head of the Russian Ice Hockey Federation from 1992 to 1994.