Vladimir Putin has congratulated legendary hockey player Vladislav Tretyak with his 50th birthday. RIA Novosti learned from the press service of the Russian President that the telegram sent to the Merited Master of Sports of the USSR, repeated Olympic and world champion reads: "Your name is really an epoch in the Russian hockey, it is a symbol of our significant sport victories. The legendary team where Tretyak was a goalkeeper, was rightly considered to be the best in the world. Your talent, your skill, your hard work brought you the fame among young athletes of several generations. Hundreds of boys were dreaming and are today dreaming to be like the great goalkeeper, who is a strong, courageous and charming man.
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