R.I.P. Viktor Tikhonov. The legendary Soviet coach, who coached the Soviet Union to three straight Olympic ice hockey gold medals (one as the post-Soviet 'Unified Team'), has died in Moscow at the age of 84.

"He passed away overnight. The three-time Olympic champion and legendary coach had been suffering from a long-term illness," the Russian Ice Hockey Federation said on its website on Monday.

In addition to winning gold at the 1984, 1988 and 1992 Olympics, Tikhonov won 8 IIHF world championship titles as a head coach.

Condolences to the entire Russian hockey community.