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A hard but good read about Ruslan Salei’s family

The Orange County Register’s Jeff Miller penned a column about former Anaheim Ducks and Red Wings defenseman Ruslan Salei, and it’s…It’s a difficult one to read, but it’s worth your time:

In one of his last acts on this Earth, Ruslan Salei made out his will. He and Bethann began planning his estate, setting up a trust for the kids. They talked about where he’d be buried. The couple had been together for 14 years and married six, had produced three beautiful children, had a gorgeous home here and a second one built to Ruslan’s specifications in his homeland of Belarus. So busy with what was happening, they hadn’t thought about what could happen.

He had accumulated plenty in collecting professional paychecks for 14 seasons, the first nine of which came with the Ducks. Yet, until that day in July, sitting in some attorney’s office, not entirely sure why they were even there to begin with, the Saleis never had time for what if, never pondered just in case.

Now, for some reason, they even were deciding to get their new baby, Ava, barely 5 months old at the time, a passport. Then, just before he left for Russia and training camp with his new team, Lokomotiv Yaroslavl, Ruslan had the cameras installed. Throughout the house, inside and out, he could watch his family, be with his family, something as small as a mouse click having the power to shrink 6,000 miles into nothingness.

He could be gone and home, at the same time, home with the loved ones for whom he left in first place. He was doing this for them. Being a good husband and father, chasing a more secure future for his kids because the money was guaranteed.


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My heart goes out to this family, we will never fiquire how God could need this great man more then his beautiful family. My DAY today will be change forever with this story and I wish I could do something for this family besides pray. Mom will see her husband everyday when she looks at her beautiful children. God bless !

Posted by Ron Patten from michigan on 02/26/12 at 12:03 PM ET

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I teared up when I read that Ruslan had really wanted to play for the Wings again.  I often wonder - why Commodore and not Salei?  But it does no good to look back, to question.  My heart goes out to that family, and to all the families who lost loved ones that awful day.

Everyone:  if you haven’t already done so - go to Love for Lokomotiv and donate to help the families.

Posted by MsRedWinger from the State where Tigers roam in the Spring on 02/26/12 at 03:24 PM ET

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Every day before practice, for three weeks, they would stop at Pavilions, buy two balloons — one for Aleksandro and one for his sister, Alexis — go outside, allow the strings to slip through their hands, tickling their tiny fingers, and watch as the balloons floated away.
Higher and higher and higher still, until finally disappearing.
“It’s gone, mama,” Aleksandro would say then. “Papa caught it.”

Had a hard time reading after that.

Posted by SYF from Twerkin' with Anastasia Ashley on 02/26/12 at 06:19 PM ET

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