Saturday, March 17, 2007

Vladimir Konstantinov

Vladimir Konstantinov

Retired player.

Purchased at a card show in Chicago on March 17, 2007.

I recently went to a card show, and several dealers had autographed hockey cards for sale. Most of them were overpriced--and this one was too. But I could not pass it up. Vladimir Konstantinov was a nuisance--especially to Jeremy Roenick of the Blackhawks (who once referred to him as "Count Konstantinov" and said "he's not quite human,", likening him to a vampire).

Konstantinov was an odd guy--a good, aggressive Russian player. You didn't see too many of those back then. So, it was sad when he was in that car accident in 1997, that left him more or less a cripple. You *don't* ever want to see that happen to *anyone*...but when it happens to such an elite, world class player, it seems to hurt much more. One minute, the guy is antagonizing the likes of the worlds' best hockey players, leading the league in plus/minus, and is nominated as the game's best defenseman...then to be reduced to a guy who can't walk or talk. That's not how you want to see your opponents go out.

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