Wladimir Jewgenjewitsch Krutow 01.06.1960- 06.06.2012

Russia and ZSC legend Vladimir Krutov Yevgenyevich is dead

The Russian hockey star Vladimir Krutov has died at the age of 52 from internal bleeding.

The left winger who played almost his entire career for CSKA Moscow, was one of the best players in the Soviet era and part of the KLM line of the Russian national team.
Born in Moscow, Krutov attracted attention in the local factory team meteor and was invited to the hockey school of the club CSKA Moscow. He then played with ZSK Moscow between 1978 and 1989.

Krutov and his teammate Igor Larionov and Sergei Makarov formed one of the strongest lines (KLM line), together with the defense pair Fetisow / Kasatanow. This line was for years the best what hockey has ever seen, and led the Soviet team in 1984 and 1988 to win Olympic Games.

He was also part of the national team, that at the 1980 Olympic Games in Lake Placid lost the final against the United States and won five Worldchampionships in the 1980s. He was one of the first Soviet player in the NHL. He spent 1989-90 one season with the Vancouver Canucks.

Later in 1991 he played for two seasons from for the ZSC. In 38 games he scored 17 goals and 46 scorer points. After that, he was also director of a sport state school. In 2010 he was inducted into the IIHF Hall of Fame.

WAIPU President Lucien Valloni:

"He scored 137 points in 112 international matches, won 12 Soviet championships, five IIHF World Championship and achieved two Olympic victories.

That is his legacy. But also for Switzerland and especially ZSC, he left memorable moments with his penalty against Lugano in the playoffs in 1992. The Hockey has lost a wonderful great player. "