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Death Of Long Time Team Masseur Sergei Tchekmarev Stuns Jeff Blashill

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

The Red Wings were terrible Friday, but hockey takes a backseat to real life.

And real life certainly came into play after the game, a 7-2 loss to Florida, when the Wings found out about the death of longtime team masseur Sergei Tchekmarev.

An emotional coach Jeff Blashill was crestfallen over the death of the likable and popular Tchekmarev, more commonly known around the locker room as "Cheekah."

Tchekmarev, 65, had been around the Wings' organization since 1998....

"We were terrible tonight, we didn't play good," said Blashill, still emotional, after announcing Tchekmarev's death. "I don't have any words for it at all. With all due respect to everybody, that's all I'm going to answer."


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Paul's avatar

Alex Biega to the taxi squad.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 02/20/21 at 09:46 AM ET

RWBill's avatar

I was going to make a cynical post here but with due respect I’ll wait until the game live blog.  I’m somewhat embarrassed and ashamed to say I didn’t know of this man who was so beloved around the organization.

Posted by RWBill on 02/20/21 at 12:56 PM ET

Paul's avatar

Well RWB, I thought something was up when all the post game media was delayed, thinking Blashill was done, thankfully just thinking it instead of writing it.

The media was in the same boat as us, normally at home they can mingle thru the dressing room but like us, they now have to wait for them to appear on Zoon.

A few of the media types also thought Blashill was gone.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 02/20/21 at 01:04 PM ET


It’s hard not to respect how much people within the Red Wings
organization care about each other as people.
One can go overboard merging that excessively with
personnel and contractual decisions re: the roster and team on the ice,
which so many of us have criticized. But the sincerity of feelings and loyalty
between people is admirable for sure.

Posted by lefty.30 on 02/20/21 at 01:17 PM ET


What was the cause of the death?

Posted by VPalmer on 02/20/21 at 01:23 PM ET

Paul's avatar

VP, don’t quote me but I believe heart attack, but more details will be coming out.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 02/20/21 at 01:26 PM ET


Yes, it had to be something sudden… all these wins and losses are really meaningless when something like that happens

Posted by VPalmer on 02/20/21 at 01:44 PM ET


Was my first thought as well Paul but I just had that gut feeling it was something worse.  Very,  very sorry to hear.

Posted by ThatGuy on 02/20/21 at 02:44 PM ET

Kate from PA now in SC-made in Detroit's avatar

Very sad. My most heartfelt condolences to the entire Tchekmarev family. May he Rest In Peace.


Posted by Kate from PA now in SC-made in Detroit on 02/20/21 at 02:44 PM ET

Primis's avatar

Would he have been the masseur that replaced ummm… Mnatsakanov or something like that, after the limo crash that also ended Vladdie career?  He’d been with the org. since ‘98, so…

If so, man, that’s pretty deep roots in the org.  He’d still seen a lot come and go.  No wonder they’re shaken up.  Condolences to his family and the org.

Posted by Primis on 02/20/21 at 02:50 PM ET


Was he at LCA when he passed?

Posted by ChillDistiller from Michigan on 02/20/21 at 02:57 PM ET

Paul's avatar

No Chill…, he never made it to the rink.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 02/20/21 at 02:58 PM ET

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