Latvia-born sports doctor Visvaldis Georgs Nagobads passed away on Friday at the age of 101, the USA Hockey Federation informs.
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As a doctor, Nagobad helped the US hockey team, which triumphed in the 1980 Olympic Games and did the almost impossible, beating the then very strong USSR team. Nagobad was an important assistant to US head coach Herbert Brooks in this success, which has been dubbed the “Miracle on Ice”.
In 2003, Nagobad received an award from the International Ice Hockey Federation for his significant contribution to the promotion of hockey in the world, becoming the first person from North America to receive this award. In 2010, he was inducted into the USA Hockey Hall of Fame.
Nagobad, born in Riga in 1921, received his education at the University of Latvia and the University of Giessen, while he obtained his degree in medicine at the University of Tübingen in Frankfurt.