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Sandra Svoboda is a Metro Times staff writer. Metro Detroit weather forecast: As Irina Konstantinov describes the brain trauma, the seemingly endless coma and the critical-mass moment in the hospital, she pauses under the harsh television lights, her eyes filled with tears. Whether he was playing against enforcer Stu Grimson or going up against Gretzky or Mario Lemieux, he would play the same way. And just when he hit his prime — the accident happened.

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Getty Images Vladimir Konstantinov’s nickname was “Vladinator” because of his on-ice toughness.

20 years ago: Limo carrying 2 Detroit Red Wings crashes weeks

Or five years ago. Several times a week, Polly pushes Konstantinov through his paces in her rehabilitation facility west of Detroit. The two Russian-born players were among the best at their craft.

Konstantinov spent several weeks in a coma before finally pulling through. This disrupted his ability to communicate and interfered with movement and balance and cognitive skills. This would turn out to be Konstantinov’s final season. However, out of respect for Konstantinov, no player has been given the number since.

He also suffered from serious head injuries and paralysis while Fetisov escaped with relatively minor injuries and was able to play the following season. He undergoes regular physical and massage therapy. They called him the “Vladinator,” a take on Arnold Schwarzenegger’s “Terminator. Together, Konstantinov and Lidstrom were the blue-line backbone of the Red Wings’ championship, the first Stanley Cup for Detroit in 42 years.


He was fearless on the ice.

Louis Blues and Dallas Stars ; Hull switched to The driver, Richard Gnida, whose license had been suspended for drunken driving, had fallen asleep at the wheel. The limo crossed over several lanes of traffic onto the liml and crashed into a tree.

Getty Images These Michigan communities have opted out of recreational marijuana sales Michigan Marijuana. The three team members and the driver were taken to Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak.

Vladimir Konstantinov and Slava Fetisov were the two team members injured in the crash. It also impacted his ability to make sound judgments. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Later, he told police he blacked out on Woodward Avenue.

Eleven years after accident, Vladimir Konstantinov fights on – ESPN

On December 27,he was in attendance along with 29 other members of the Stanley Cup winning Red Wings team and former coach Scotty Bowman to celebrate the 20th anniversary konstanfinov the Stanley Cup championship team.

District Court is expected to last three to four weeks. The players say he never initiates conversation but always responds with a few words. Lions coach Matt Patricia addresses report of being late to meetings 4 Lions players who could be playing their final game in Detroit on Sunday Lions rumors mounting as another season goes in the trash Jim Caldwell could complete rare feat: And he is doing it great.


The passengers were not wearing seat belts. He’s butting into our conversation!

He is permanently paralyzed from the waist down. The driver, Richard Gnida, whose license was suspended at the time for drunk drivinglost control of the limousine and hit a tree on the median of Woodward Avenuein Birmingham, Michigan.

Where are they now? Vladimir Konstantinov

Cooperative doctors announced that the 5′ 11″, pound never-sick-a-day-in-his-life Konstantinov had an inoperable sarcoma and hospitalized him for a month. This page was last edited on 20 Augustat The fight is famous for officials having turned off the arena lights in a desperate konatantinov at ending the 20 minute melee. After 90 minutes of deliberation, the jury ruled in favor of the dealership.