Viktor Tikhonov has been associtated with Russian/Soviet hockey for most of his life. First as a player with the VVS and Dynamo Moscow clubs but more so as a coach of the CSKA and USSR national hockey teams. Tikhonov led the Soviet and Russian national teams from 1978 to 1994 during which they won three Olympic gold medals (1984, 1988 and 1992) and eight world championship titles. He also led the Soviet national team to the 1981 Canada Cup victory, beating Canada 8-1 in the final, played in Montreal.
As the hockey world basks in the glory of the Stanley Cup playoffs, many people around the league are keeping an eye on Devils head coach Pat Burns. Burns was diagnosed with colon cancer
just before the NHL playoffs began. He did not disclose his ailment until after his team was eliminated from the first round of the playoffs and the team continues to be tight lipped about his condition. The most recent news is that his colorectal cancer was diagnosed at an early stage and that the 52 year old is responding well to treatment. No word though if he will be able to return behind the bench with the Devils next year, though that would depend both on his health and an agreement being reached between the owners and players on a new collective bargaining agreement.