Zinetula Bilyaletdinov

Zinetula Khaidarovich "Bill" Bilyaletdinov (Russian: Зинэтула Хайдарович Билялетдинов, Tatar: Зиннәтулла Хәйдәр улы Билалетдинев; 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.[1] 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.

Zinetula Bilyaletdinov
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Bilyaletdinov in 2013
Born (1955-03-13) 13 March 1955 (age 64)
Moscow, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union[1]
Height 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Weight 189 lb (86 kg; 13 st 7 lb)
Position Defence
Shot Left
Played for HC Dynamo Moscow
National team  Soviet Union
Playing career 1973–1988

He has been the assistant coach of the Winnipeg Jets in the 1994 and 1995 seasons and served as the assistant coach for the Phoenix Coyotes during the 1996–1997 season.[2]

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.[3] He was fired after Russia men's national ice hockey team was eliminated in the quarterfinals at the 2014 Winter Olympics.

Career statisticsEdit

Regular seasonEdit

    Regular season
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM
1973–74 Dynamo Moscow USSR 22 0 1 1 2
1974–75 Dynamo Moscow USSR 36 2 1 3 6
1975–76 Dynamo Moscow USSR 34 1 2 3 13
1976–77 Dynamo Moscow USSR 33 1 4 5 18
1977–78 Dynamo Moscow USSR 35 2 3 5 27
1978–79 Dynamo Moscow USSR 43 6 4 10 55
1979–80 Dynamo Moscow USSR 43 14 8 22 44
1980–81 Dynamo Moscow USSR 49 6 5 11 54
1981–82 Dynamo Moscow USSR 47 6 9 15 28
1982–83 Dynamo Moscow USSR 42 1 8 9 20
1983–84 Dynamo Moscow USSR 42 2 6 8 36
1984–85 Dynamo Moscow USSR 36 4 8 12 24
1985–86 Dynamo Moscow USSR 40 11 14 25 38
1986–87 Dynamo Moscow USSR 40 6 5 11 12
1987–88 Dynamo Moscow USSR 46 1 10 11 20
1989–90 Dynamo Moscow II USSR III 20 0 2 2 26
1990–91 Dynamo Moscow II USSR III 21 1 3 4 4
USSR totals 588 63 88 151 397

InternationalEdit

Year Team Event   GP G A Pts PIM
1974 Soviet Union EJC 5 0 0 0 4
1974 Soviet Union WJC 5 1 0 1 5
1975 Soviet Union WJC 2 0 2
1976 Soviet Union CC 5 0 1 1 4
1978 Soviet Union WC 10 0 0 0 17
1979 Soviet Union WC 8 3 4 7 2
1980 Soviet Union OG 7 1 3 4 24
1981 Soviet Union WC 8 1 2 3 2
1981 Soviet Union CC 7 0 0 0 2
1982 Soviet Union WC 9 2 1 3 14
1983 Soviet Union WC 7 0 3 3 10
1984 Soviet Union OG 7 1 1 2 0
1984 Soviet Union CC 6 0 0 0 12
1985 Soviet Union WC 10 0 0 0 14
1986 Soviet Union WC 8 0 1 1 14
1987 Soviet Union WC 3 0 2 2 4
Senior totals 95 8 18 26 119

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b (in Russian) Great Olympic. Greatest russian coach in 2000th. Encyclopedia, vol.1-2, Moscow:Olympia Press Publisher, 2006, entry on "Билялетдинов", available online
  2. ^ Zinetula Bilyaletdinov. eliteprospects.com
  3. ^ Semin Brushes Off NHL Criticism After Russia Win. RIA Novosti (21 May 2012)

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