At 72 years old Carlos Trullols, one of the most prominent figures in the international hockey scene, has passed away. Born on 17th September 1948 in Barcelona, he started his career in the late 60s and for more than 15 years he was considered the best hockey goalie in the world. He was an innovator, his spectacular style characterized by athleticism and acrobatics marked a shift in a world dominated by goalies who were mostly still.
Career as a goalie
Raised in the Maristes de San Joan cantera, Trullols was a goalie for Magnetos (1965-1967), Vendrell (1967-1969), Espanyol (1969-1971), Cerdanyola (1971-1975) and Vilanova (1975-1977) winning a Copa del Rey in 1976. In 1977, at the age of 28, he started playing in the Barcelona team, winning 6 Champion’s Cup in 6 years as we all as 5 Leagues and 3 King’s Cups.
His time in the National Team was legendary. He played in the Red Furies 209 times winning 4 World Cups (1970, 1972, 1976 and 1980), 4 European Cups (1969, 1979, 1981 and 1983) and 6 Cup of Nations in Montreux. His last participation in the National Team was in the European Cup in Vercelli in 1983 where he received a well deserved standing ovation celebrating his career.
Career as a coach
Trullol’s career naturally progressed into coaching the Spanish national team. After 2 years coaching the junior divisions, he is appointed national coach (1986-1992). Under his guidance, the Spanish national team has won the World title in 1989 in San Juan (Argentina), the silver medal in the Championships in la Corona in 1988 and the silver medal in the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona.
To his beloved ones, the condolences of World Skate family.
Credits: Paolo Virdi