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Famous hockey referee Sergei Karabanov dies

Sergei Karabanov died at the age of 58. In 2000, he was awarded the Golden Whistle prize for the best referee of the Russian ice hockey championship. After finishing his refereeing career, he worked as an FHR inspector

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Sergei Karabanov

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At the age of 57, the referee and inspector of the Russian Ice Hockey Federation (FHR) Sergey Karabanov died. About it reported FHR press office.

“The FHR team expresses its deep condolences to the family, friends, colleagues and everyone who knew Sergei Karabanov,” the message says.

Karabanov began working as a referee at children’s team matches in 1985. For six years he served the games of the national championship as a linesman. In 1992, he worked at the matches of the European Youth Championship, in 1993 – at the World Championship in Germany. A year later, he worked for the final match at the World Cup in Italy as a linesman. In the same year he began to work as the chief judge.

As the main arbiter, he adjudicated two Euroleague tournaments, three European Champions Cup finals, three World Youth Championships (MFM) and four adult world championships. For 19 seasons at the highest level, he adjudicated 682 games, of which 76 were in the playoffs.

In 2000, he received a prize for the best referee of the Russian championship – the “Golden Whistle” named after Andrey Starovoitov. After the end of his refereeing career, he became an inspector of the FHR.

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