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Pavol Demitra
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Demitra during his tenure with the Los Angeles Kings
Born (1974-11-29)November 29, 1974
Dubnica nad Váhom, Czechoslovakia
Died September 7, 2011(2011-09-07) (aged 36)
Tunoshna, Russia
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight 200 lb (91 kg; 14 st 4 lb)
Position Centre
Shot Left
KHL team Lokomotiv Yaroslavl
Played for KHL: Lokomotiv Yaroslavl
NHL:
Vancouver Canucks
Minnesota Wild
Los Angeles Kings
St. Louis Blues
Ottawa Senators
National team Flag of Slovakia.svg Slovakia
NHL Draft 227th overall, 1993
Ottawa Senators
Playing career 1993–2011

Pavol Demitra (November 29, 1974 – September 7, 2011) was a Slovak professional ice hockey centre who last played for the Lokomotiv Yaroslavl of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL). He first played in the NHL in 1993, having previously played with the Ottawa Senators, who selected him in the 1993 NHL Entry Draft, St. Louis Blues, Los Angeles Kings and Minnesota Wild. Before he joined the NHL, Demitra played in Slovakia, as well as the American Hockey League (AHL) and International Hockey League (IHL), minor professional leagues in North America. In Demitra's NHL career spanning 16 years, he has achieved the 300-goal mark and won the Lady Byng Trophy for sportsmanship in 2000.

On September 7, 2011, at 4:02 PM local time, Demitra died when a Yakovlev Yak-42 passenger aircraft, that was carrying the entire hockey team of Lokomotiv Yaroslavl crashed near Yaroslavl, Russia. The plane was on its way to Minsk, Belarus, to start the 2011-12 KHL season.

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