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Sergei Mylnikov dies; Russian goaltender, Olympic medalist, was 58

Slovak forward Karol Fako, right, challenges for the

Slovak forward Karol Fako, right, challenges for the puck with goalie Sergei Mylnikov, left, during their friendly match of "USSR hockey legends" against "World Stars team" in Moscow in 2006. Credit: AP / Ivan Sekretarev

MOSCOW — Sergei Mylnikov, a goaltender who won Olympic ice hockey gold in 1988 with the Soviet Union, has died. He was 58.

The Russian Hockey Federation said he died on June 20, without specifying the circumstances, and called him an “illustrious” player in Soviet and Russian hockey history.

Besides winning the Olympic gold in Calgary, Mylnikov also played on the Soviet team for the 1987 Canada Cup, losing to the Canadians 2-1 in the finals.

When the Soviet Union began to allow its players to move to the NHL, Mylnikov did so, but played only 10 games for the struggling Quebec Nordiques.

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