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RIP Pavol Demitra: Remembering an Avalanche Killer

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09-15-2011, 04:06 PM
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RIP Pavol Demitra: Remembering an Avalanche Killer

I think this thread is necessary because I don't recall any other player having the Avalanche's number more than him. He was always infuriating to play because he would always figure out how to shut us down and walk away with an abnormal amount of points.

His passing has really saddened me. While I know he was on the tail end of his career... We should all respect the player he was and the extreme talent.

Oh and here's the proof of what he was against the Avalanche... Sort by points

TL;DR? in 47 career games against the Avalanche he...
- Recorded points in 32 of them
- Had 13 multipoint games including 1 hat trick and 3 two goal games
- Had 48 points... (16+32=48).

What an incredible player to play against... Rest in Peace Pavol. You were a frustration... But it is terrible to see you go...

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09-15-2011, 04:22 PM
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RIP Pavol.

Thanks G2P, beautiful post.

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09-15-2011, 04:24 PM
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I just remember catching some of his international games with Gaborik. He skated so beautifully and tore it up!

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09-15-2011, 05:27 PM
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he was a guy i never liked seeing vs the AVS, it was not just the points he put up, but that he seemed effortless out there and like COL had no answer for him a lot of nights.

tragic loss or him and everyone on the plane

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09-15-2011, 06:55 PM
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One of his best/worst goals against the Avalanche:

There was another one he scored against Aebischer which was one of the prettiest slap shots I have ever seen. I think it was in 2005. He was streaking down the wing and beat Aebischer short side, high blocker. I know I'm not doing it justice here, but the velocity he got on that shot, the amount of spin on the puck, and the lack of any kind of wobble ... it was an absolute laser, and perfectly placed. I must have watched that replay 100 times. Beautiful shot.

I loved Demmo, even though he killed us over and over. Very sad to see him go.

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09-17-2011, 02:08 PM
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I hated to see him on other teams. Always loved his skill though. He had patience like few others as exhibited below.

Still went what was short side well after he crossed over...because he could. A great scorer. A great clutch player. And from everything I have ever read an incredible team-mate and person.

RIP Pavol. You were a player that could simultaneously make me curse you and respect you at the same time.

I can only hope that with your passing and that of so many others on that plane that there will be change in the infrastructure to Russia's mass transportation.

What a sad and from what I've read totally avoidable tragedy.

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09-17-2011, 02:26 PM
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One of the best Slovakian players ever to play the game.

He's pretty much the reason why Slovakia finished 4th at the Olympics last year, the country's highest finish ever. Named to the Olympic all-star team (Toews and Parise were the other 2) and led the Olympics in points, including 3 points in the quarter-final game vs the heavily favoured Swedes , winning 4-3.

He will be greatly missed.

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