Cze­choslo­vak hockey great Josef Au­gusta dies at 70

Cape Breton Post - - IN MEMORIAM -

Josef Au­gusta, a left winger for Cze­choslo­vakia who later helped coach his coun­try to three world hockey ti­tles, has died. He was 70.

The Czech hockey fed­er­a­tion said Au­gusta died Thurs­day after a long, se­ri­ous ill­ness.

In his 100 games, Au­gusta scored 24 goals and helped Cze­choslo­vakia win the sil­ver medal at the 1976 Olympics in Inns­bruck. The Czech team won the same medal at the 1974, ‘75 and ‘78 world cham­pi­onships.

At the in­au­gu­ral edi­tion of the Canada Cup in 1976, Au­gusta had an as­sist on the de­ci­sive goal by Mi­lan Novy in a sur­pris­ing 1-0 vic­tory over Canada. The Czechs fin­ished se­cond in the tour­na­ment.

As coach with the na­tional team, he as­sisted Ivan Hlinka when the Czechs won the 1999 world ti­tle. He then won the tour­na­ment as head coach the fol­low­ing two years.

“Above all, we’re los­ing a great guy and a friend,’’ fed­er­a­tion head To­mas Kral said.

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