Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Pavol Demitra: 1974-2011

This morning, a plane carrying the Yaroslavl Lokomotiv KHL team crashed in a river bank in western Russia. Among those on the plane, was former Wild F Pavol Demitra. Demitra had been playing for Lokomotiv for a year, since he was last seen in the NHL in 09-10 with Vancouver.

You may remember the Wild acquiring Demitra in a draft day trade back in 2006.

And in his two seasons here, the Wild made the playoffs both seasons, including the division championship of 2007-08.

But Demitra was brought here to center RW Marian Gaborik. The pair had lined up for Slovakia in the 06 Olympics, and they put on an impressive show. And while he was here, Demitra compiled a line of 40-78-118 in two seasons.

It was fun watching Pavol and Marian play. And it was fun watching them help the Wild into the postseason twice. But its so sad that another hockey player has left us this offseason. Farewell, Mr. Demitra. And thanks for the memories.

(Demitra's highlight is just in the first minute and change)

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