© / Vladimir AstapkovichSergei Karabanov
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MOSCOW, 6 Aug – Hockey referee, inspector of the Russian Hockey Federation (FHR) Sergey Karabanov died at the age of 58, according to the website of the FHR.
“The FHR team expresses its deep condolences to the family, friends, colleagues and everyone who knew Sergei Karabanov,” the message says.
Karabanov began to work as a referee in 1985 at the matches of children’s teams, then for six years as a linesman he officiated the matches of the USSR championship. In 1992 he worked at the matches of the European Youth Championship, in 1993 – at the World Championship in Germany. A year later, at the World Championships in Italy, he was the linesman for the final match, and later in 1994 he began working as the main referee.
As the chief referee, he worked at two Euroleague tournaments, three youth and four adult world championships, officiated three final matches of the European Champions Cup. Played 682 games in 19 seasons at the highest level.
In 2000, he was recognized as the best referee of the Russian championship and received the Andrey Starovoitov Golden Whistle prize. After the end of his career, he became an inspector of the FHR.