Bilyaletdinov in 2013
13 March 1955 |
|Height||5 ft 11 in (180 cm)|
|Weight||189 lb (86 kg; 13 st 7 lb)|
|Played for||HC Dynamo Moscow|
|National team||Soviet Union|
Zinetula Khaidarovich "Bill" Bilyaletdinov (Russian: Зинэтула Хайдарович Билялетдинов, Tatar: Cyrillic Зиннәтулла Хәйдәр улы Билалетдинев, Latin Zinnätulla Xäydär uğlı Bilaletdinov; born 13 March 1955) is a former Russian ice hockey player of Tatar descent, who competed for the USSR. In 1973–1988 he competed for HC Dynamo Moscow. He won the Russian Championship in season 2005–2006 and consecutive European Champions Cup-2007, as well as the history's first KHL Gagarin Cup as a head coach for Ak Bars Kazan.
In June 2011, he was appointed to head coach of the Russian national ice hockey team. As the head coach of the national team, Bilyaletdinov has emphasised defensive discipline.
In 2012, Russia won the 2012 IIHF World Championship in Helsinki. Russia won all its matches of the tournament in regulation time, the first time any team had done so since the Soviet Union in 1989. After the tournament, star player Alexander Semin praised Bilyaletdinov's disciplined approach and focus on retaining possession of the puck. He was fired after Russia men's national ice hockey team was eliminated in the quarterfinals at the 2014 Winter Olympics.
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