Saturday, September 7, 2013

Remembering Pavol Demitra

On a more serious note, today is the two year anniversary of the tragic plane crash of the Lokomotiv Yaroslavl hockey team. One of the players on Lokomotiv was former Wild player Pavol Demitra. Demitra, 36, was set to begin his second season with the team after his NHL career ended with the Vancouver Canucks early in the 2009-10 season.

Pavol enjoyed a 16 year NHL career, playing for the Ottawa Senators, St. Louis Blues, Los Angeles Kings, Minnesota Wild, and Vancouver Canucks. He was a three time NHL All-Star (1999, 2000, and 2002), and was the Lady Byng Trophy Winner (most gentlemanly conduct) in 2000. He was also a 3-time Olympian (2002, 2006, and 2010) for Slovakia, and was the captain of the 2006 team in Torin.

Last fall, Demitra was ranked as the 9th best player in Wild history on this site, as he lifted the team to two playoff appearances in his two seasons in a Wild sweater (yes, his impact on the team was so great in two seasons he was able to crack the Top 10 list of players in team history).

Here was the story written on this site two years ago, remembering Demitra.

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