VVS Moscow (Russian: ВВС Москва) was a Soviet sports club representing the Soviet Air Force. Among the sports the club participated in were soccer, ice hockey, basketball, and volleyball. They won the championships in basketball and volleyball in 1952, and the hockey team won three championships.
Vasily Stalin, brother of Josef Stalin, was the president of the club. Vsevolod Bobrov played on the soccer team 1950-52 and the hockey team 1949-53. Viktor Tikhonov, the future Soviet national team's coach, played on the hockey team, as did Boris Kulagin, future coach of other Moscow-based hockey teams. Yevgeny Babich, otherwise a CDKA/CSKA player, played with the VVS hockey team for its three championship seasons.
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In 1946-47, the VVS hockey team played in the new Soviet Championship with Anatoly Tarasov as player-coach. VVS finished second in group A in the opening phase and fifth overall. Tarasov scored 14 goals, the highest total of the season. Angry with Vasily Stalin in the next season, he quit and joined CDKA, later known as CSKA. At the end of the 1947-48 season, after the team finished seventh out of ten, Vasily Stalin brought the first line of forwards from Spartak Moscow to the team: Zdenek Zigmund, Ivan Novikov, and Yuri Tarasov. They finished second in 1948-49.
On January 7, 1950, as the team was on the way to Chelyabinsk, their airplane crashed in Yekaterinburg (then Sverdlovsk), and the only surviving players were Viktor Shuvalov and Vsevolod Bobrov, who survived because they never took that flight. Bobrov overslept and took the train instead, and Shuvalov was injured. VVS finished fourth in that season. Shuvalov led the league with 31 goals, and Bobrov placed second with 29.
The 1950-51 season saw the best players from other teams starting to play on VVS, and the team won the league championship. That year was also the first year of the USSR Cup, where VVS lost the final 4-3 to Krylya Sovetov, also of Moscow.
In 1951-52, VVS won another championship and the USSR Cup, beating CDSA (CDKA before, CSKA later) 3-2 in the tiebreaking game for the former and Krylya Sovetov 6-5 in the final for the latter. They won the championship again in 1952-53 despite Bobrov's injury. After Josef Stalin died, destalinizatio resulted in the unceremonious dissolution of his brother's sports club.
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