Valery Belousov

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Valery Belousov
Valeri Belousov on January 28, 2012, after the KHL-game.jpeg
Born (1948-12-17)December 17, 1948
Novouralsk, Sverdlovsk Oblast, RSFSR
Died April 16, 2015(2015-04-16) (aged 66)
Chelyabinsk, Russia
Position Right Wing
Shot Left
Played for Sputnik Nizhny Tagil
Traktor Chelyabinsk
Oji Eagles
Metallurg Magnitogorsk
Playing career 1964–1987

Valery Belousov (Russian: Валерий Константинович Белоусов; December 17, 1948 – April 16, 2015) was a Russian professional ice hockey coach and player.

Playing career[edit]

Belousov began playing hockey on a local Novouralsk team Kedr in 1964. In 1967 he was transferred to Sputnik Nizhny Tagil ultimately making his way to Traktor Chelyabinsk, Ural's premier hockey team, in 1971. During his 418 game stint in Chelyabinsk Belousov advanced with his team to the 1973 USSR Cup finals and was a bronze medalist in 1977 as part of the squad. Despite being one of the top snipers of the Soviet Championship he had a modest career on the Soviet national team where he spent only 8 games scoring a single goal.

He spent 1982—1984 seasons in Oji Seishi Tomakomai of the Japan Ice Hockey League winning the Japanese championship twice. Belousov finished his career playing for Metallurg Magnitogorsk, then a de facto farm team of Traktor, retiring as a player in 1987.

Coaching career[edit]

Belousov returned to Chelyabinsk in 1987 as an assistant coach. He replaced Gennadi Tsygurov as the head coach in 1990 and eventually led the team to its first bronze medals since the late 70s. In 1995 he was invited back to Magnitogorsk as an assist coach to Valery Postnikov and then replaced him as the head coach in 1996. Helmed by Belousov Metallurg Magnitogorsk achieved its biggest success with two Russian Superleague championships and the 2000 IIHF Super Cup.

In the 2003-04 season he took over Avangard Omsk and headed the team to its first ever champion title winning in the finals over his former team Metallurg. A year later Belousov's Avangard also won the 2005 IIHF European Champions Cup. But after several not so stellar seasons Belousov was fired of his job along with his entire coaching stuff.

During the 2008—2010 seasons Belousov tried to recapture his success with Metallurg Magnitogorsk. But despite advancing to the 2008 Victoria Cup with New York Rangers and 2009 Champions Hockey League Finals with ZSC Lions Belousov's team lost both games.

In October 2010 he returned to Traktor Chelyabinsk for the first time in 15 years leading the team from the bottom of the season table to the 2013 Gagarin Cup Final.

Career statistics[edit]

Coaching record[edit]

Team League Year Regular season Post season
G W OTW T OTL L Pts Finish Result
TRK USSR 1990–91 56 27 9 20 63 2nd in relegation round No playoffs held
TRK CIS 1991–92 36 16 6 14 38 3rd in Group B Won 5th place game (TOR)
TRK IIHL 1992–93 42 28 5 9 61 2nd in East Lost in Semifinals (DYN)
TRK IIHL 1993–94 46 32 3 11 67 3rd overall No playoffs held
TRK IIHL 1994–95 52 26 5 21 57 5th in East Lost in First Round (TOR)
MMG RSL 1996–97 24 14 3 7 31 4th overall Lost in Semifinals (LAD)
MMG RSL 1997–98 46 31 10 5 72 2nd overall No playoffs held
MMG RSL 1998–99 42 34 6 2 74 1st overall Won Russian Championship (DYN)
MMG RSL 1999–00 38 24 1 3 1 9 78 3rd overall Lost in Semifinals (AKB)
MMG RSL 2000–01 44 24 3 8 1 8 87 1st overall Won Russian Championship (AVG)
MMG RSL 2001–02 51 28 3 2 3 15 95 5th overall Lost in Semifinals (LOK)
MMG RSL 2002–03 51 23 2 8 4 14 85 6th overall Lost in Quarterfinals (SEV)
AVG RSL 2003–04 44 24 2 9 2 7 87 3rd overall Won Russian Championship (MMG)
AVG RSL 2004–05 60 29 3 10 1 17 104 6th overall Lost in Semifinals (DYN)
AVG RSL 2005–06 51 26 3 6 3 13 93 4th overall Lost in Finals (AKB)
AVG RSL 2006–07 54 32 3 6 2 11 110 2nd overall Lost in Semifinals (MMG)
AVG RSL 2007–08 38 14 6 1 17 55 Fired
MMG KHL 2008–09 56 25 13 3 15 104 2nd in Tarasov Lost in Semifinals (LOK)
MMG KHL 2009–10 56 34 6 1 15 115 1st in Kharlamov Lost in Conference Semifinals (AKB)
TRK KHL 2010–11 44 12 7 6 19 56 5th in Kharlamov Missed playoffs
TRK KHL 2011–12 54 32 7 4 11 114 Won Continental Cup Lost in Conference Finals (AVG)
TRK KHL 2012–13 52 28 3 8 13 98 2nd in Kharlamov Lost in Finals (DYN)

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Preceded by
Andrei Sidorenko
Head Coach of Traktor Chelyabinsk
2010–2014
Succeeded by
Karri Kivi
Preceded by
Valery Postnikov
Head Coach of Metallurg Magnitogorsk
2008–2010
Succeeded by
Kari Heikkilä
Preceded by
Sergei Gersonsky
Head Coach of Avangard Omsk
2003–2007
Succeeded by
Sergei Gersonsky
Preceded by
Valery Postnikov
Head Coach of Metallurg Magnitogorsk
1996–2003
Succeeded by
Marek Sýkora
Preceded by
Gennadi Tsygurov
Head Coach of Traktor Chelyabinsk
1990–1995
Succeeded by
Anatoly Kartaev