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Alexei Kasatonov: biography
Alexei Kasatonov was a Soviet hockey player, who played as a defender. He is a multiple World champion, Europe and Olympic games. Born and raised the future winner and a storm of opponents in Leningrad. A love of sports was passed to his boy inherited his mother Galina Pimenova in his youth, he played at a high level in volleyball, the team of «Spartak» won the medals of USSR championship.
A woman accustomed to physical training and his sons Alex and his younger brother Anton. First-grader Alex started swimming in the section on Nevsky prospect. But after three years of hard training sports school was transferred to another district, where Kasatonov could ride with no hands.
And then in his fate intervened his Majesty the case. The boy went to the stadium to see what sections are available, but on the wrong stop and found ourselves at the rink SKA, where he saw the posting for the hockey school.
The first coach of the future star was Oleg K. Sivkov, who saw the child not only the potential but also the ability to think outside the box and make decisions quickly. However, hockey Kasatonov not been easy – in the yard he played without skates, and here it was necessary not just to ride. And to maneuver between opponents, keep hitting, to gain speed. Only thanks to the coach and to believe in myself Alex managed to eradicate disadvantage and to play with the big level of the game.
In the part of the youth team SKA Alexey Kasatonov became the champion of the Soviet Union, was involved in the youth team of the USSR. For the home team played 42 games, after which he was invited to CSKA personally Viktor Tikhonov is the permanent coach and the club and national team. But even despite the support of the trainer in CSKA Alexey entrenched hard – too high competition.
Only once in the five legendary Igor Larionov, where his partner in defense was Vyacheslav Fetisov, Kasatonov were opened to the maximum. By the way, when the team in the late 80-ies broke the scandal associated with the conflict between players and coach, Alex was the only one who supported Tikhonov. Although other members of the five considered his behavior a betrayal.
In 1989, a hockey player decides to try his hand overseas. He moved to America and is part of the «new Jersey devils», which spent three excellent seasons. Later in the NHL Kasatonov played for the «Anaheim mighty ducks», «St. Louis Blues» and «Boston Bruins». Interestingly, although Alex played at the position defender once in his career has been a real scoring match: in the match against the Finnish club «Tappara», he scored just four goals, which is a lot even for a striker.
The complete career of the athlete went to Russia, where in the season 1996/97 was captain and playing coach of CSKA. Hanging the skates on a nail, Alexei Kasatonov tried himself as a coach. He headed club of the higher League «Lynx» from Podolsk, Moscow then «wings of the Soviets», the St. Petersburg SKA, but also about a year he was General Manager of the national team of Russia. Due to weak results at the home Olympics 2014 in Sochi Kasatonov was fired.
In the early 80-ies Kasatonov met his future wife Janet. They officially got married in 1983, and a year later the family was born the son of Leonid. Wife and child still is Alexei Viktorovich the main source of inspiration and support.
In 1999, the famous hockey player, opened in new York for its international children’s school «international hockey Academy Kasatonov», which has the unofficial nickname of «the Red Penguin». In parallel, he continued to come to the rink for the veterans, «new Jersey» and «USSR hockey Legends» in charity matches.
Today Alexei Kasatonov is CEO of the sports-entertainment district, «Park of Legends» in Moscow, where he built a modern stadium «the Ice Palace». Also, Alex is going to open a Museum of hockey glory alley directly next to the Palace.