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Ex-Czech hockey coach Gut dies

AFP-JIJI

Ice hockey coach Karel Gut, who led the former Czechoslovakia to world titles in 1976 and 1977, died at age 86 on Monday, the Czech Ice Hockey Association said on its website.

The former defenseman, who played at three Olympic Games and six world championships and scored 35 goals in 114 games for the national team, led Czechoslovakia as head coach from 1973 to 1979.

As Czechoslovakia split peacefully into the Czech Republic and Slovakia in 1993, Gut went on to serve as head of the Czech Ice Hockey Association from 1994 to 2004.

During his term, the Czech national team won the Olympic tournament in Nagano in 1998 and four world championships in 1996, 1999, 2000 and 2001.