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Vladimir Konstantinov Today

from Jeff Seidel of the Detroit Free Press,

Vladimir Konstantinov, a former Detroit Red Wings defenseman, picked out the shirt and tie he will wear on Saturday night when he is inducted into the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame.

“He is very excited about Saturday,” James Bellanca Jr., Konstantinov’s longtime lawyer and friend, said. “He knows something special is happening. Whether he can comprehend the meaning of it, I don’t know.”

And that’s the part that breaks your heart.

Konstantinov is one of the most beloved athletes in Detroit sports history. He was known as the Vladinator, a tough, physical defender from Russia, who helped the Wings win the 1997 Stanley Cup, ending a 42-year drought.

But he also is one of the most tragic athletes in Detroit sports history, after suffering a career-ending, life-threatening spinal cord injury in a limo crash, just six days after winning the Cup.

Twenty-two years later, Konstantinov lives in a condo in West Bloomfield, where he gets the best care available. His wife and daughter live in Florida but visit regularly. He requires 24-hour assistance from a team of caregivers, who have been with him for years. “I think he’s happy,” Bellanca said. “There are three or four ladies who take care of him, most of whom have been with him for 18 or 20 years. Those ladies are wonderful. They treat him like their child.”


A video titled The Legends: Vladimir Konstantinov, is below.

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Matheson ponders an ‘Ovechkin divorce,’ reveals Teemu Selanne’s toughest opponents

The Edmonton Journal's Jim Matheson penned a particularly prolific set of Hockey World columns and blog entries (so much so that I'm stealing one for my Malik Report blog), and we're going to start sifting through four separate columns/entries' worth of observations and nuggets of wisdom with a question that many have pondered but few have tried to analyze:

Is there any logical way in which the Washington Capitals and Alexander Ovechkin can engage in a civilized "divorce" (and/or removal of that heavy captain's "C"), or is the team, "Married to Alex Ovechkin for life?"--to the detriment of an increasingly rotating cast of coaches, goaltenders and complementary players?

Since the Gretzky trade/sell to the LA Kings in 1988, we all know anybody can get dealt, although that’s Leonsis’s call, and the question is how many people would give up their tickets to games if Ovie wasn’t there. There’s 100s of people in Caps’ No. 8 jerseys at games in Washington. But, winning often trumps player loyalty and in the time Ovechkin has been with the Caps, they have won three playoff rounds in, this, his 10th year.

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Konstantinov The Artist

from Gregg Krupa of the Detroit News,

The Vladinator is performing once again, and in a whole new way.

This time, Vladimir Konstantinov’s talent is on display in a medium other than hockey. He’s an artist, and his work will be on display in a gallery exhibit opening Thursday in Royal Oak.

The show is titled “Animals and Inspiration.”

While that also describes the way the fearsome Konstantinov patrolled the blue line for the Red Wings, it is not what his new venture is all about.

“We consider them folk art,” said Ashley Cook of Gallery U, where 42 of Konstantinov’s pieces hang. “They are lots of paintings of animals done in water colors and paint blots.


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Vladimir Konstantinov - Where Are They Now?

ESPN during their Sports Center show this morning did a feature on Vladimir Konstantinov.  The video below is not as in-depth as the one that appeared on the show this morning but still gives us a look at Vladdy today.

update 1:05pm, added the full video of the feature below…

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Bad To The Bone

from Eric Adelson at ESPN the Magazine,

His number can still be spotted in the stands at games in Detroit—the red 16 sewn on white. He’s there too, sometimes, in the owner’s box, silently watching the ice below. His younger face still stares out from a picture on the wall facing the entry to the Red Wings locker room, so that every player can lock eyes with him before every period of every game. But what lingers most about the presence and absence of Vladimir Konstantinov is the idea of the player he would have been, and the reality of the team that has come to be without him.


A note about me- The Doc gave me some medication and boom, flashing is gone but could return.  So I will roll with the punches and see how I feel later in the day… Maybe game 5 is in my sight….

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Vladdy Still On Our Minds

from Marty Henwood of Hockey.com,

Try as they might to block it out, fans of the Detroit Red Wings — hell, hockey fans everywhere — can still hear that sound. The sickening crunch of metal as the limo lost its battle with that tree on Woodward Avenue, ending the career, and almost the life, of their Vladimir Konstantinov.


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Lawyers Request $240 Million in Konstantinov Case

From Paul Egan at the Detroit News,

A federal jury should award former Detroit Red Wings star Vladimir Konstantinov and former team masseur Sergei Mnatsakanov more than $240 million in damages for permanently disabling injuries they received in a 1997 limousine crash, a lawyer for the men argued Friday.

Attorney Richard Goodman told jurors it was ironic he made his closing argument in the lawsuit the day before the Red Wings were to compete in Game One of the Stanley Cup finals. The June 13, 1997, crash in Birmingham happened when Konstantinov and Detroit-area hockey fans were celebrating a fresh Stanley Cup victory that ended a 42-year hockey championship drought in Detroit.

The lawsuit alleges Findlay Ford Lincoln Mercury of Ohio, the company that sold the stretch limousine, is responsible for damages because no working seat belts were easily accessible in the passenger area of the limo.


Update 7pm ET: As per George’s note in the comments of this post, the jury found for the dealership.

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Konstantinov Trial Starts Today

from Francis X. Donnelly of the Detroit News,

He was Vlad the Impaler, a ferocious Red Wing known for flattening foes with bone-jarring hits on the open ice.

Now the 41-year-old can’t even take care of himself, slowly shuffling about his Metro Detroit condo with a walker.

It’s been 11 years since a limousine wreck turned Vladdy Konstantinov’s world upside down, a decade full of lawsuits and mental and physical rehab.

The legal maneuvering resumes today in U.S. District Court with the start of a trial that will try to ascribe blame for the injuries with the Ford dealership that sold the vehicle


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Suing Themselves

from the Detroit Free Press,

Ford Motor Co. expects former Red Wing Vladimir Konstantinov and former team masseur Sergei Mnatsakanov to pay for legal costs and any judgment that may arise from a lawsuit they filed against an Ohio Ford dealer over injuries they suffered in a 1997 limousine crash.

Konstantinov and Mnatsakanov settled their claims against Ford in 2001 for a total of $227,730. Now Ford has asked them to finance the lawsuit they both filed against Findlay Ford, citing an indemnification clause in the 2001 settlement.

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