The Asian Hockey Federation mourns the passing away of Mr Vladimir Antonovich, who was a hockey player and a legendary coach from Kazakhstan & USSR. He passed away on 04 July 2021.
Mr Vladimir Antonovich contributed a lot to the good of hockey in the Soviet Union. Mr Vladimir participated in the first championship of hockey with the Kazakh USSR in 1957 in which they became champion. He played from 1957 to 1965 in the USSR Hockey League representing Alma-Ata, Kazakhstan. Mr Vladimir started coaching in 1962 and brought many prestigious titles back home. He also served as the head coach of the Kazakh USSR National Women’s Team. He headed the Kazakh Women’s Team until 2002. His illustrious career affiliated with hockey presents a very big picture of his dedication and love of the sport.
Offering words of condolence, President AHF Fumio Ogura said: “We are sorrowed to learn about the death of Mr Vladimir. He was an asset to the hockey world. Where we can mark his services in golden words, it remains a fact that his shoes will never be filled with another.”
Expressing his grief, AHF Chief Executive & Secretary General, Dato Tayyab Ikram said: “I am grieved to hear of this. Mr Vladimir was an integral part of the hockey family, I pray that the departed soul finds peace and that his family and friends can find the courage to cope with this immense loss. The global hockey family will always remember Mr Vladimir for his good work.”