Former Sharks assistant coach Vasily Tikhonov died Wednesday outside his home in downtown Moscow. He was 56. Tikhonov, according to police investigators, fell from his fourth floor apartment as he tried to repair a protective screen.
Tikhonov was an assistant with the Sharks from 1993 to 1996 under former coach Kevin Constantine, then worked for two more seasons as an assistant with the Kentucky Thoroughblades, San Jose's AHL affiliate.
Tikhonov is the son of the legendary Viktor Tikhonov, the former Soviet Union hockey coach who led Russia to gold medals at the 1984, 1988 and 1992 Winter Olympics and 10 world championships between 1977-1990.
Vasily's son, Viktor, was drafted by the Phoenix Coyotes in 2008 and played one season in the NHL. He now plays for SKA St. Petersburg of the Kontinental Hockey League.
Vasily Tikhonov is also survived by his wife and daughter.