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Pavol Demitra | Center

Team: Vancouver Canucks
Age / DOB:  (43) / 11/29/1974
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 206
Drafted: 1993 / Rd. 9 (227) / Ott

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Pavol Demitra is no longer able to help Team Slovakia on the ice, but his spirit lives on in the thoughts of his countrymen.
"Pavol is always with us," said Team Slovakia player Branko Radivojevic. "Everybody think of him, and we remember him. He's a great guy, he's still with us." Demitra was killed in a tragic plane crash along with the entire Lokomotiv KHL hockey team in Sept. 2011. He was the top scorer in the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, notching 10 points in seven games along with a memorable shootout goal that lifted Slovakia over Russia in group play. Tue, Feb 11, 2014 10:03:00 PM

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Saturday is the two-year anniversary of the terrible plane crash that took the lives of the entire Lokomotiv Yaroslavl team.

Many in hockey circles are remembering their former friends and teammates who perished in the crash including prominent former NHL players Pavol Demitra, Ruslan Salei and Brad McCrimmon, who was a coach on the squad. Our thoughts and prayers once again go out to all who mourn those who died.
Sat, Sep 7, 2013 12:03:00 PM

The only member of the Lokomotiv Yaroslavl to survive Wednesday's tragic plane crash, Alexander Galimov, passed away on Monday.

Doctors attempted to save his life after he suffered severe burns as a result of the crash. While many of the team's former members had experience elsewhere, Galimov spent his professional career with Yaroslavl Lokomotiv after being developed in their system. Yaroslavl Governor Sergei Vakhrukov described him as a fan favorite who "carried the team spirit of Lokomotiv and through his indomitable character often reversed the course of the most difficult games." He was only 26 years old. We would like to extend our condolences to Galimov's friends and family.
Mon, Sep 12, 2011 10:03:00 AM

Tens of thousands of people flocked to a memorial ceremony Saturday for the victims of the Russian plane crash that devastated a top KHL hockey team.

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin was among those who crammed into the team's arena in Yaroslavl to lay flowers near coffins containing remains of players and staff of the Lokomotiv Yaroslavl team. Many wore scarves in the team's colours.Wednesday's crash of a chartered Yak-42 jet killed 43 people and was one of the sports world's worst aviation disasters. Of the 45 people on board, 36 were Lokomotiv players, coaches and team officials, including many European and former NHL players. Former NHL stars Pavol Demitra and Brad McCrimmon, the team coach, were among those who perished.
Sat, Sep 10, 2011 01:19:00 PM

Former NHL player and assistant coach Brad McCrimmon was among the 43 people that died when the KHL's Lokomotiv Yaroslavl plane crash on Wednesday.

Pavol Demitra and Alexander Vasyunov also passed away. McCrimmon was an assistant coach with the Detroit Red Wings in 2010-11, but decided to coach the Lokomotiv Yaroslavl this season. This is a terrible tragedy and we want to offer our condolences to McCrimmon's friends and family.
Wed, Sep 7, 2011 11:50:00 AM

Pavol Demitra's agent confirmed that his client was one of the people to tragically die in the KHL's Lokomotiv Yaroslavl plane crash on Wednesday.

The plane was carrying 45 passengers and crew and was transporting the Russian team to Minsk for their season opener. Former NHL Ruslan Salei was also a member of the squad, but there have been some conflicting reports as to whether or not he was on the plane. We'd like to extend our condolences to his family and friends.
Wed, Sep 7, 2011 11:16:00 AM

According to Lokomotiv Yaroslavl officials, the entire KHL team was on the plane that crashed on Wednesday.

There were 45 passengers and crew on the plane. 43 are reportedly dead and another two are in critical condition. It's not yet confirmed who the two survivors are. The team included former NHL players Pavol Demitra, Ruslan Salei, and Brad McCrimmon. "The plane with our team was supposed to take off around 4 pm," a Lokomotiv official said. "At first we didn't want to believe it. But right now there is no hope. The team is gone. I heard that there are two people [who survived] and are in critical condition. But I don't know who they are..." We'll continue to update you as information becomes available.
Wed, Sep 7, 2011 11:08:00 AM

A Russian plane with 45 passengers on board, including the KHL team Lokomotiv Yaroslavl crashed on Wednesday, killing 43 people.

Two were left critically injured, according to officials. It's not yet known who was and wasn't on the plane, but former NHL players Pavol Demitra and Ruslan Salei both play for Yaroslavl Lokomotiv. In addition, Brad McCrimmon, who was formerly an assistant coach with the Atlanta Thrashers, Calgary Flames, Detroit Red Wings, and New York Islanders, served as a coach for the KHL team. We'll update you with more information as it becomes available. We'd also like to send our condolences to all the families affected by this tragedy.
Wed, Sep 7, 2011 10:51:00 AM

Pavol Demitra has signed a one-year contract with Yaroslavl of the KHL.

Demitra was a big disappointment last season for the Canucks as he managed only three goals and 13 assists in 28 games. The 35-year-old Slovakian heads to the Russian League like many veterans who look to end their career with a lot of money and not a lot of pressure by playing in the KHL. It could be the last the NHL hears of Pavol Demitra.
Thu, Jul 15, 2010 09:22:00 PM

Pavol Demitra will return to the lineup Sunday night.

Demitra was a healthy scratch Friday in game four of their series against the Blackhawks. He will likely replace Tanner Glass in the lineup, but it's not clear which line he'll play on. He has six points through nine playoff games thus far and could be motivated to prove coach Alain Vigneault wrong for benching him.
Sun, May 9, 2010 04:22:00 PM

Pavol Demitra was a healthy scratch on Friday.

Demitra was replaced by Michael Grabner but it was to no avail as the Canucks dropped a 7-4 decision to Chicago. It will be interesting to see if Demitra is a man possessed for Game 5 on Sunday or if the Canucks sit the UFA-to-be once again in the press box. Stay tuned.
Sat, May 8, 2010 08:25:00 AM

Pavol Demitra has responded nicely since he was temporarily demoted to the Canucks' fourth line earlier in the week.

The talented forward has scored two goals, registered four points and taken seven shots on goal in Vancouver's last two games while skating on an effective third line with Kyle Wellwood and Steve Bernier. It appears the Slovak reacts positively to "tough love". Keep him in your lineup.
Sun, Apr 25, 2010 10:58:00 AM

Pavol Demitra is projected to play on the Canucks' fourth line on Monday.

"We have to do whatever to win the game. I hope this is going to help. We'll see tonight," said Demitra. He registered one assist and had a plus-two plus/minus rating in two playoff games. Vancouver is tied with Los Angeles 1-1 heading into Game 3 of their first round series.
Mon, Apr 19, 2010 05:56:00 PM

Pavol Demitra wants to make up for a disappointing regular season with a strong playoff performance.

He was limited to 28 games due to injury, while producing just three goals and 16 points this campaign. "I thought his intensity for his Slovakian team was, by far, the best I'd ever seen," said coach Alain Vigneault referring to Demitra's Olympic play where he led the tournament in scoring. "I'm hoping to see that player come playoff time. As you know, Pavol is getting older and the opportunity to compete for the Cup ... there might not be that many left for him." Demitra is expected to man the left point on the Canucks' first power-play unit and play on the team's second line with Ryan Kesler and Mikael Samuelsson in Vancouver's playoff opener on Thursday, so he should have plenty of opportunities to display his worth.
Wed, Apr 14, 2010 09:27:00 AM

Pavol Demitra scored in the third period, but the Sharks knocked off the Canucks 4-2 Thursday night.

Demitra has three goals on the season. Daniel and Henrik Sedin both assisted on the goal. Together, the twins have amassed an impressive 134 points on the year.
Fri, Apr 9, 2010 03:06:00 AM

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