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Hlinka won gold medal in '98

Originally Published: August 16, 2004
Associated Press

PRAGUE, Czech Republic -- Ivan Hlinka, a former Pittsburgh Penguins coach who led the Czech Republic to a gold medal at the 1998 Nagano Olympics, died Monday after being injured in a car crash. He was 54.

Hlinka's car collided with a truck late Sunday night near Karlovy Vary, about 70 miles west of Prague. He was taken to a hospital, where he died, team spokesman Pavel Barta said.

"Ivan Hlinka was hospitalized with serious injuries and despite all efforts he didn't survive," ...

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