Anatoly Vladimirovich Tarasov

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Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Anatoly Tarasov Ice hockey player
Hockey Hall of Fame , 1974
IIHF Hall of Fame , 1997
Anatoly Tarasov
Date of birth December 10, 1918
place of birth Moscow , Russian SFSR
date of death June 23, 1995
Place of death Moscow , Russia
position striker
Career stations
1946-1947 WWS MWO Moscow
1947-1953 HK CSKA Moscow
Anatoly Tarasov
position Midfield, defense
Years station Games (goals) 1
1939 Dinamo Odessa 11 (3)
1940 ZDKA Moscow 6 (0)
1941 2 (0)
Stations as a trainer
Years station
1947 WWS MWO Moscow
1975 CSKA Moscow
1 Only league games are given.

Anatoly Wladimirowitsch Tarasow ( Russian Анатолий Владимирович Тарасов ; born December 10, 1918 in Moscow , Russian SFSR ; † June 23, 1995 in Moscow, Russia ) was a Soviet ice hockey player and coach, who previously played bandy and football . Tarasov was from 1947 to 1974 coach of HK CSKA Moscow and had the military rank of colonel in the context of his work in the army sports club. As the Soviet national coach, Tarasov played a key role in the success of the Soviet national team from 1958 to 1974. In 1974, he was inducted into the NHL Hockey Hall of Fame as the first European coach . Tarasov is the father of the successful Russian figure skating coach Tatyana Tarasova .


As a player

Before World War II, Anatoly Tarasov played football and bandy for Dynamo Odessa and ZDKA Moscow . It was not until 1946 that he began to play ice hockey, which at that time was only slowly finding supporters in the Soviet Union as "Canadian Hockey" and was eligible for funding from 1946 onwards. Tarasov was commissioned to build up ice hockey in Russia and founded the ice hockey department of ZDKA Moscow on the basis of some old textbooks.

Tarasov played in the highest Soviet ice hockey league , Class A , for WWS MWO Moscow and CSKA Moscow , where he was also the player-coach from 1947 to 1950. Then he ended his career.

As a trainer


From 1950 to 1974 Tarasov was the head coach of the army sports club CSKA Moscow, with which he won the Soviet championship 17 times and the European Cup six times . He is also considered to be the founder of the “Golden Puck” youth campaign, in which more than a million children played ice hockey in street and apartment block teams outside of the clubs every year. These games were used by the clubs to screen young talent. Tarasov still supervised the execution of the annual competition when he was already the coach of the national team.


Tarasov's tomb in the Vagankovo ​​Cemetery in Moscow

Between 1958 and 1960 Tarasov was head coach of the Soviet national team parallel to his club activities . From 1963 he was then assistant to the legendary coach Arkady Tschernyschow in the Soviet national team . This duo led the Sbornaja to many successes in world championships and Olympic Games. The trademark of Tarassov's coaching work was his call “raboti-raboti” (work-work), his motto was: “Those who train more than the others also have more success than the others.” His daughter, the figure skating trainer Tatiana Tarasova , adopted his methods.

His training methods were described by the national players as "inhuman"; the daily training units lasted up to seven hours. With the national team, he won eleven world titles (1963–1971) and three Olympic gold medals ( 1964 , 1968 and 1972 ). 1972 Tarasow and Chernyshev were replaced as coaching staff of the Sbornaya .

Anatoly Tarasov died in his hometown at the age of 76 and was buried in the Vagankovskoye cemetery.


Tarasov was inducted into the (NHL) Hockey Hall of Fame in 1974 as the first European coach . In 1997 he was posthumously accepted into the then newly founded IIHF Hall of Fame .


  • Tarasov, Anatolj: The Father of Russian Hockey. Hockey's Rise to International Prominence Through the Eyes of a Coaching Legend. 1997. ISBN 1-882180-74-7 .

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. The grave of Anatoli Tarassow