Soviet goaltender Sergei Mylnikov dies at 58

Sergei Mylnikov, a goaltender who won Olympic ice hockey gold in 1988 with the Soviet Union, has died. (Ivan Sekretarev/AP)

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 Tuesday, 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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