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Kazakh hockey great to enter IIHF Hall of Fame 2019

Date : 12 Feb 2019

Almaty, Kazakhstan, February 11, 2019: Kazakhstan NOC reports that the International Ice Hockey Federation will induct the late Boris Alexandrov, a former Soviet national team player and national coach of his native Kazakhstan, into the IIHF Hall of Fame in May as a member of the Class of 2019.

Alexandrov was born at Ust-Kamenogorsk, Soviet Union (Kazakhstan), on November 13, 1955 and died in a car accident at Ust-Katav, Russia, on July 31, 2002. He was 46.

Every hockey-playing nation has a hero, and for the country of Kazakhstan there is one giant among its stars of the rink – left-winger Boris Alexandrov, who played for CSKA Moscow.

In 1976, Alexandrov helped CCCP win gold at the Olympics, and he later played in the inaugural Canada Cup. In league play, he skated for the better part of two decades, first in Moscow and later in Ust-Kamenogorsk. But it was after he retired that he became a hero to the new country of Kazakhstan, which had achieved independence on 16 December 1991.

Kazakhstan joined the IIHF in 1992 and played as a nation for the first time a year later, in C Pool of the World Championship. Alexandrov played for his country at the 1995 Worlds and took over as coach in 1996, a year after retiring as a player. His effect on the players was immediate. The Kazaks won the C Pool that year, won the B Pool in 1997 and moved up to the A Pool in 1998. It was a meteoric rise, to be sure.

But before the team played in the 1998 World Championship, it had an even greater series of successes when, under the guidance of Alexandrov, Kazakhstan qualified for the Nagano Winter Olympics in February 1998.

Alexandrov continued to coach the national team for the next four years, and his time as coach of the Kazakh team mirrored his years coaching Torpedo Ust-Kamenogorsk at the league level.

Source: IIHF

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