Pavol Demitra, Dead at 36

In MemoriumPavol Demitra was 36. In eight seasons with the St. Louis Blues from 1996 to 2004, Demitra had 204 goals and 493 points in 494 games. He also played in the NHL for Los Angeles, Minnesota and Vancouver.

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There were some other notable names on the roster, and likely on the plane as well. This from slam sports:

Former Detroit assistant Brad McCrimmon is the head coach.
Former NHL players Pavol Demitra along with Karel Rachunek, Karlis Skrastins, Ruslan Salei and Josef Vasicek were on the roster. Reports indicated the only survivor was a crew member and the news sent shockwaves through the hockey community.

September 7, 2011 @ 12:06 PM

Wandering Penguin

Also Igor Korolev and Alexander Karpovtsev were on board. There seems to be some confusion as to whether Ruslan Salei was on the flight or not.

September 7, 2011 @ 12:56 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

Are we sure about Igor Korolev and Alexander Karpovtsev?

I can't find confirmation they were on board...

September 7, 2011 @ 1:11 PM


Unfortunately, yes. They were there...

September 7, 2011 @ 1:43 PM


Very sad situation. With all the air travel by sports teams
(not just professional) I'm surprised this is a very RARE occurrence.

September 7, 2011 @ 3:37 PM


This is really sad indeed. It's a really big tragedy. It's really shocking.

September 7, 2011 @ 4:35 PM


lord have mercy on them

September 7, 2011 @ 6:16 PM

Jason from Sudbury

I caught part of an interview with Dave King yesterday and he basically said that the planes they use over there are crap.

What a tragic summer it's been for hockey though.

September 8, 2011 @ 6:59 AM

Marshall from Vancouver

So sad. I had the privaledge of cheering on pavol demitra wearing my home team jersey. Rest in peace and thanks for great hockey

September 9, 2011 @ 4:20 PM

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