RIGA - When asked by my editor to do a piece on professional ice hockey in Latvia, I looked at my black-and-white junior high school pictures with nostalgia. Mid-70s Riga was a glorious time, when local team "Dinamo" was headed by the stern and intense coach Viktor Tikhonov. This coach had taken the amateur team from Riga to de-facto professional heights and earned them a place in the Elite League of the Soviet Union in 1974. In 1977 Tikhonov was transferred to Moscow to lead the Central Soviet Army Club and the USSR national ice hockey team for 17 years. His dictatorial style w...
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