Vladimir Konstantinov. He was known as a hard man. Nobody could bully this guy. Toughest of the tough, bravest of the brave. Then one night after returning from a party along with Viacheslav Fetisov, and team masseur Sergei Mnatsakanov, the driver that had been driving them home had unfortuantely been drinking and as a consequence, had driven the car into a tree. Vladi experienced extensive injuries and was left in a coma for weeks, but pulled through. His team produced a patch that they wore for the 1998 season in honor of their fallen teammate. The patch read ‘believe’ in both English and Russian. That season the Red Wings went on to win the Stanley Cup and despite Vladi being unable to participate in the season, his name was still engraved on the trophy. His teammates had insisted on it. And as the trophy was presented to the team, Vladi was wheeled out onto the ice and given the trophy for the night. The Red Wings have since retired his jersey in respect for him and also have kept his locker in tact even though he will never be able to play hockey again. His locker is decorated with a rock that reads, ‘Believe’.

Vladimir Konstantinov. He was known as a hard man. Nobody could bully this guy. Toughest of the tough, bravest of the brave. Then one night after returning from a party along with Viacheslav Fetisov, and team masseur Sergei Mnatsakanov, the driver that had been driving them home had unfortuantely been drinking and as a consequence, had driven the car into a tree. Vladi experienced extensive injuries and was left in a coma for weeks, but pulled through. His team produced a patch that they wore for the 1998 season in honor of their fallen teammate. The patch read ‘believe’ in both English and Russian. That season the Red Wings went on to win the Stanley Cup and despite Vladi being unable to participate in the season, his name was still engraved on the trophy. His teammates had insisted on it. And as the trophy was presented to the team, Vladi was wheeled out onto the ice and given the trophy for the night. The Red Wings have since retired his jersey in respect for him and also have kept his locker in tact even though he will never be able to play hockey again. His locker is decorated with a rock that reads, ‘Believe’.


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