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Vladimir Krutov dies at age 52

Updated: June 6, 2012, 11:24 AM ET
Associated Press

MOSCOW -- Vladimir Krutov, one of the Soviet Union's all-time great ice hockey players and part of the national team's formidable KLM Line, has died. He was 52.

The Russian Hockey Federation said Krutov died Wednesday. It did not give a cause of death, but the ITAR-Tass news agency said he had been taken to a hospital several days earlier for stomach bleeding.

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