Today, the 13th of March, marks 60 years since the birth of a legendary hockey player and coach, Zinetula Bilyaletdinov. He finished a long and distinguished playing career as an Olympic gold and silver medalist, six-time World Champion and a Canada Cup winner, to which in the national championships he added seven silver medals and six bronzes.
After becoming a coach, his highly disciplined approach swiftly earned him universal respect as one of the shrewdest and most qualified specialists in the country. He celebrated victory in Russian championships on four occasions, including back-to-back successes in the Gagarin Cup, and found room in a packed trophy cabinet for the European Champions’ Cup and the Continental Cup. As head coach of the national team, he led Russia to a stunning victory in the 2012 World Championships, during which the Red Machine won all ten games in regulation time.
The Kontinental Hockey League would like to offer heartfelt congratulations to Zinetula Bilyaletdinov on his sixtieth birthday, and wishes him many more years of happiness, prosperity, good health and great victories.