Vitali Samoilov
Born April 19 1962 (1962-04-19) (age 58),
Riga, Latvian SSR Soviet Union
Position Goaltender
Playing career 1982–1991
Olympic medal record
Ice hockey
Gold 1988 Calgary Men

Vitali Samoilov, Vitālijs Samoilovs in Latvian (born April 19, 1962 in Riga, Soviet Union) is a retired professional ice hockey goaltender who played in the Soviet Hockey League. He played for Dinamo Riga and Sokol Kiev.

The best season of his career was 1987-88, in which he made the Soviet National Team. He was the third-string goaltender at the 1987 Canada Cup and didn't appear in any games. He did, however, play in one game for the gold-medal-winning Soviet team at the 1988 Winter Olympics. Also that season, he backstopped Riga to a surprising second-place finish in the Championship League.

The following year, however, an injury caused him to lose his starting job in Riga to upstart Arturs Irbe and he never again regained his top form.

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