Viktor Vasilievich Tikhonov (Russian: ?????? ?????????? ???????; born 12 May 1988) is a Latvian-born Russian professional ice hockey forward currently playing for Ak Bars Kazan of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL).
Tikhonov was originally selected 28th overall in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, by the Phoenix Coyotes.
After several years in the NHL with the Coyotes, Tikhonov moved to the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) in Russia, where he spent four years with SKA St.
In 2015, he returned to the NHL, signing a contract with the Chicago Blackhawks, appearing in 11 games for them before he was claimed on waivers by the Coyotes.
He was named after his grandfather, Viktor Vasilyevich Tikhonov, the late Soviet ice hockey player and coach.
His father was Vasili Tikhonov, who was also an ice hockey coach.
Born in Latvia while it was still a member of the USSR, Tikhonov has represented Russia internationally, participating in several World Championships and the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.