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Vladimir Konstantinov was severely injured in a limousine accident following Detroit's championship in 1997.
While they do not translate into the criteria of this list, the loss of two key players off the ice still holds a spot in the heart of Hockeytown. They deserve recognition and fans everywhere will remember them how they were and love them as they are.
After Detroit’s Stanley Cup title in 1997, a limousine accident ended the career of Vladimir Konstantinov. It changed his life, the lives of his family, the organization and greatly affected the community.
Ansar Khan of mlive.com quoted former Red Wing forward Kris Draper:
You're on top of the hockey world, you're Stanley Cup champion, then the accident happened. It literally rocked our world. As excited as we were to win the Cup, it put everything in perspective, just how valuable life is.
Konstantinov spent weeks in a coma before recovering.
He still lives in Metro Detroit, and although his movement and speech are limited, he is conscious of his environment and still frequents Joe Louis Arena and the team.
On Nov. 21, 2005, Jiri Fischer collapsed on the Detroit bench and went into full cardiac arrest during a game against the Nashville Predators.
Team doctors applied CPR and used an automated external defibrillator to save Fischer’s life.
Fischer told Art Regner of foxsportsdetroit.com, “I don’t remember anything that happened on the bench that night against Nashville. I don’t remember any ambulance ride or doctors working on me.”
Fischer would not play for Detroit again, but remains with the team in his seventh season as the director of player development.
Fischer has never received a definitive diagnosis of a condition, but he is now healthy and happy with his role in the organization.