Moscow Russia. Former Soviet Union hockey player Vladimir Krutov who was part of the powerful KLM Line died Wednesday the Russian Hockey Federation announced Wednesday. Krutov was 52 years of age.
ISAR-TASS news agency said Krutov had been in a hospital for several days earlier for internal bleeding shortly after he celebrated his 52nd birthday.
Krutov along with his CSKA Moscow teammates Igor Larionov and Sergei Makarov were known as the KLM Line which led the Soviet Union ice hockey team to gold medals in ice hockey in the 1984 and 1988 Winter Olympics.
Krutov was one of the first Soviet Union players to play in the National Hockey League. He played one season with Vancouver Canucks. After his time in the National Hockey League ended he played ice hockey with the Swedish hockey teams Ostersund and Brynflo.
He also coached the CSKA Moscow team in the 2001-02 season.
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