Olympic champion, two-time world ice hockey champion in the USSR national team Viktor Shuvalov died at the age of 98, the press service of the Russian Ice Hockey Federation reported.
“We express our condolences to the family and friends of Viktor Grigorievich, to everyone who knew him and worked with the pioneer of domestic hockey,” the statement on the FHR website says.
In 1954, Viktor Shuvalov took part in the first ice hockey world championship for the USSR national team and won the tournament.
The hockey player played for Dzerzhinets, Air Force MVO, CSKA and SKVO. In 1956, he won the Olympics in Cortina d’Ampezzo, in which Soviet athletes took part for the first time.
Shuvalov was a two-time world champion (1954, 1956), a three-time European champion (1954, 1955, 1956) and a five-time USSR champion (1951, 1952, 1953, 1955, 1956).
In the 1990s, the hockey player had to sell his Olympic medal, and in 2014 Vladimir Putin presented Shuvalov with an award discovered in the United States.