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09-07-2011, 09:52 PM
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That was awesome! And I threw my hat on the ice. Everyone was basically waiting for him to score his third and the Kings got a power play late in the game. I remember them raining down and picking more up and tossing them on the ice..
We were there, too; that was easily my best memory from that otherwise pathetically disappointing 2005-06 season.

Condolences to the families & friends of the victims...

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This has always been my worst nightmare as far as sports teams go. I can't imagine how I would react if one of my favorite teams' plane just crashed.
+1. I feel bad for their fans, worse for their families.

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Youtube video posted in May 2011 shows Demitra, who had announced his retirement from international tournament hockey, in tears on the ice with his team after playing his last World Championships game in Bratislava that month. If you cry easily, you have been warned. RIP Pavol.


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Does anyone think the Kings will wear a memorial patch for Pavol? Even a PD sticker on their helmets would suffice.

I just hope that no matter what the Kings do, they do it for the right reasons and not for the almighty dollar. I have no problem with them selling old school Demitra jerseys or something. But I do have a problem with it if they are doing it simply to make a buck. I'd like to see them have a memorial night one night where they bring Demitra's family (wife and kids as I believe they mentioned he has a family) to Staples and donate some money to them. Take $5 from every ticket and AEG could match it and give it to the family or for that matter donate it to the entire Lokomotiv team's families.

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Youtube video posted in May 2011 shows Demitra, who had announced his retirement from international tournament hockey, in tears on the ice with his team after playing his last World Championships game in Bratislava that month. If you cry easily, you have been warned. RIP Pavol.

Seeing him and Palffy on the same team was nice to see during those last Olympics too! I still cannot stomach this news...

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09-07-2011, 11:04 PM
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Does anyone think the Kings will wear a memorial patch for Pavol? Even a PD sticker on their helmets would suffice.

I just hope that no matter what the Kings do, they do it for the right reasons and not for the almighty dollar. I have no problem with them selling old school Demitra jerseys or something. But I do have a problem with it if they are doing it simply to make a buck. I'd like to see them have a memorial night one night where they bring Demitra's family (wife and kids as I believe they mentioned he has a family) to Staples and donate some money to them. Take $5 from every ticket and AEG could match it and give it to the family or for that matter donate it to the entire Lokomotiv team's families.
I can imagine Luc doing something like this. Or at least being behind it. If I recall Luc did play one season with him?

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This is awful. I don't remember in any sport an entire team disappearing like this.
Not a natural disaster but...http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Munich_massacre

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I'll always remember that Demitra was the first and ONLY true first line star player who signed in LA as a free agent after the Gretzky era. Even after so many years with DL, Demitra's still the only one. So he has a special place in this fan's heart.



Here's a list of some of the team members on the plane and did not survive:

http://news.yahoo.com/bio-box-victim...185500910.html

—Brad McCrimmon, 52, from Canada. A former Detroit Red Wings assistant who became Lokomotiv's coach in May. Played in 1,222 NHL games between 1979-97, compiling 81 goals and 322 assists.

—Pavol Demitra, 36, from Slovakia. A three-time NHL All-Star who helped Slovakia win a world championship bronze medal in 2003. Scored 304 goals in 847 NHL games. Three-time Olympian.

—Ruslan Salei, 36, from Belarus. A defenseman who played in 917 NHL games, totaling 45 goals and 149 assists for the Anaheim Mighty Ducks, Florida Panthers, Colorado Avalanche, and Detroit Red Wings.

—Alexander Karpovtsev, 41, from Russia. Assistant coach who played 12 seasons in the NHL as a defenseman with the New York Rangers, Toronto, Chicago, the New York Islanders, and Florida. Joined three Rangers teammates in 1994 as the first Russian players to have their names engraved on the Stanley Cup.

—Karlis Skrastins, 37, from Latvia. A defenseman who played in 832 NHL games, mainly for the Nashville Predators and Colorado Avalanche.

—Josef Vasicek, 30, from Czech Republic. A Czech forward who spent most of his NHL career with the Carolina Hurricanes. He was a member of the club's Stanley Cup championship team in 2006.

—Karel Rachunek, 32, from Czech Republic. Played 371 NHL games with the Ottawa Senators, New York Rangers and New Jersey Devils, and won a world championship title with the Czech Republic in 2010.

—Igor Korolev, 41, from Russia. Assistant coach following a playing career in the NHL and KHL. In 12 NHL seasons with St. Louis, the Winnipeg-Phoenix franchise, Toronto and Chicago, he scored 119 goals in 795 games. His last NHL season was 2003-04.

—Stefan Liv, 30, from Sweden. A veteran goaltender who won Olympic gold with Sweden as a backup in 2006.

—Alexander Vasyunov, 23, from Russia. Had one goal and five points in 18 games last season with the New Jersey Devils, his only NHL experience.

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09-08-2011, 02:25 AM
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I still can't get over this. So ****ing awful.

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Reports are floating about that the mother of one of the players, Sergei Ostapchuk, had a heart attack and died upon hearing the news of his death. Jesus.

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If this story is true it doesn't make it any easier.

http://achicksperspective.wordpress....reality-check/

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If this story is true it doesn't make it any easier.

http://achicksperspective.wordpress....reality-check/
Yea...great article though...more than likely Skrastins family. He was in Dallas last year IIRC.

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Yes, that was Skrastins' family. Apparently someone in the comments section requested that the name be taken out, and the writer edited his story.

Just tragic, knowing that the girls have by now been informed that their father is gone.....

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Gotta feel for those in the Canucks organization and their fans.

Bourdon
Pyatt's fiance
Rypien
Demitra

All within the last 5 or 6 years.

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That was a hard story to read. The L.A. Times story about Salei and Demitra, and Salei's six-month-old daughter was tough, too.

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I was in Slovakia 3 days after the world championships ended last year, was unable to change travel plans to accomodate to make it there, I really really wish I had gone now to see Demitra one more time, one of my all-time favorites...

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I remember meeting Demitra early in the '05 season. After a game, my dad, a bunch of other older guys, and me were waiting by where the players drive out after a game to try and get an autograph. I was only 13 and kind of small so I was pretty much in the back being blocked out by everyone else.

Demitra pulled up, signed a few autographs, and spotted me way in the back trying to get a glance, so he got out of his car, shook my dad and I's hand, complimented me on my vintage jersey, and then signed a few more autographs and got back in his car. One of the nicest hockey players I have ever met, and my condolences go out to his loved ones along with the rest of the players and their families. I really hope the NHL does something special this season to honor all those that the hockey community has lost this summer.

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My post didn't make the cut I guess.

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http://achicksperspective.wordpress....reality-check/
Since it's been removed, I will post the contents below. Worth the read.

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7 Sep

My day was supposed to be over a little after noon today, but as I dropped off my last client, the office asked me if I could do one more run at 2 o’clock. Being the team player that I am, I said I would. I had 90 minutes to drive back to our company lot, switch into a van and then go to the pickup. Plenty of time to stop for some lunch and mess around on my phone. Peace of cake.

After making the vehicle change, sucking down a burger and fries from BK, and washing it down with a Coke Zero, I proceeded to my pickup location, a full 40 minutes ahead of schedule. I am a happy chauffeur……….for the moment.

I locate the residence that I need to be at, but being that the pickup is at 2, and it is only 1:20, I park a couple blocks away, per usual, and pickup my Thunderbolt to check FB and do some surfing.

First check of FB is littered with numerous comments and links about the tragic plane crash in Russia. 40+ people dead. NHL players, past and present, coaches, prospects and flight crew. Very sad news. I had been reading and hearing about it, off and on, all day. The ramifications reaching virtually all parts of the hockey world, and in less than 5 minutes, ME.

After my FB pitstop, I open up the trip ticket info on my phone, to see who I am picking up. Aaaah, another Dallas Stars transfer to the airport. That explains the van. These hockey guys always have big bags because they are usually traveling overseas. The last name, one I don’t recognize. I’ll have to Google him.

The rush that comes over my body is unexplainable. I am just staring at my phone. He was on “that” plane and he is dead. I am sitting 200 yards from his house and I realize what this pickup is all about. I am about to pick up the family of this man. A family that went to bed last night without a care in the world. A family that had no plans to board a Lufthansa flight to Europe when they woke up this morning. This explains why it was added to my schedule at 12:15 today. Is this for real?

It’s finally time to go down the street and pull in the driveway. Within a couple of minutes, a man comes out to let me know that the family will be out in a few moments. He alerts me to the situation, and tells me not to offer condolences because the children don’t know, and then he returns to the house. I can’t even imagine what his widow must be going through. My heart weeps for her. I am so glad this will be a short ride.

Then it happens. 2 girls, about 2 and 5 come running out the door, completely elated about the trip they are about to go on. Long blonde hair, blue eyes and giant smiles. I nearly burst into tears. My body gets tight. Every second feels like an eternity. The pain inside me is almost unbearable. I don’t even know these people and I am on the verge of a breakdown, right in their driveway. Knowing that these girls are utterly oblivious, to the true nature of their trip, is agonizing. I can’t help but think of my own children, and what it would be like if they woke up tomorrow and I was gone forever. Devastating! The wife and mother in law finally come out and we are on our way.

The entire drive the widow is on the phone. She, as well as the rest of the family, are not speaking English. Although, this would seem trivial, it is not. I don’t understand a single word she is saying, but the pure pain in her voice tells the whole story. The mother in law is keeping the kids entertained in the back of the van, while she sits up front and seems to be getting everything in order, over the phone. I sense sorrow, trepidation, confusion, and dispair. Just a few of, what I imagine have been, the many emotions that she has experienced since she woke up today. Again, my heart weeps for her.

We finally arrive at DFW airport, and a liaison from Lufthansa is waiting curbside for us, with a security escort. He “quietly” offers his condolences to the widow while the girls are still getting out of the van. Personnel grab all their bags, and they are off. Girls still giddy about the trip. I, however, am a mess.

I barely get 100 feet away from the terminal when I lose it, crying uncontrollably. I feel stupid, but I don’t care. I can’t get the image of those girls out of my head. The idea that they have no clue that they will NEVER see their father again. What’s worse, is that they probably haven’t seen him in a couple of weeks, and expect to see him when they get where they’re going. Utterly heartbreaking. What a way to end the day.

So, as I sit here recapping this gut-wrenching afternoon that I have experienced, I would like to end it with a final thought. It makes no difference to a child what happens to you when you die. They are going to be devastated either way. Just make sure they know what they mean to you. Remind them EVERYDAY. Hug them EVERYDAY. Kiss them EVERYDAY. Most importantly, love them EVERYDAY. Unconditionally. Because, you never know what tomorrow will bring.

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Right? I cried like a little baby. I still can't believe this happened. So, heart breaking.

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A few memories of Pavol Demitra when he played in Charlottetown with the PEI Senators of the AHL...

- After his friend and teammate Radek Hamr was shipped to the IHL, Pavol was upset and not in a good mood. The next game against Springfield he was penalized for having an illegal stick (curve). He stewed in the penalty box. Uncharacteristically, the future Lady Byng Trophy winner was chirping with some Springfield players. Then, he and fellow featherweight Bob Wren went toe-to-toe, Pavol with the decisive win, including giving Wren a broken nose. It was really the one-and-only fight Demitra ever had.

- Pavol's first season in Charlottetown was eventful off the ice as well, as he mistook somebody else's home for his after an evening about town. The local authorities were called, sorted the situation and Pavol eventually found his way to his proper home.

- Pavol frequented my business and I came to know him well. He wrote his first-ever cheque to me, which I had to fill out for him as he had no clue what to do. He went on to earn over $40 million in the NHL, so he probably wrote many more cheques after that first one.

- Pavol was a treat to watch. I especially enjoyed seeing him blossom with the St. Louis Blues after Ottawa (GM Pierre Gauthier) gave him away. Put him with the right linemates and he was unstoppable. 81 points in 48 games in 1995-96 was remarkable.

- So sorry for his family. Pavol lost a young son a few years ago. Pavol himself survived a terrible car wreck just last year.

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oh my..............

this is so wrong.
It still feels unreal. All these good men

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