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Halak's mask features Demitra tribute

Posted on: September 15, 2011 7:00 pm
Edited on: September 15, 2011 7:23 pm
 
HalakBy: Adam Gretz

Pavol Demitra was one of the 37 players, coaches and staff members that lost his life in last week's tragic plane crash in Russia when the KHL team Lokomotiv Yaroslavl was traveling to what would have been its season opener. During his NHL career Demitra was one of the top Slovakian born players to ever play in the NHL, finishing with 768 points in 847 games with the Senators, Blues, Kings, Wild and Canucks, fifth among all players from Slovakia.

One of his fellow countrymen, St. Louis Blues goaltender Jaroslav Halak, will be paying tribute to him on his goalie mask which will feature a backplate (pictured) that includes an image of Demitra celebrating a goal in front of the Slovakian flag. The artist, Jason Livery of Head Strong Grafx, provided some images to InGoal Magazine, including one of the backplate.

You can check out more over at their site.

Halak and Demitra were teammates during the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver where Slovakia finished in fourth place, losing to Finland in the Bronze Medal Game by a 5-3 margin. Demitra finished as the leading scorer in the tournament, scoring three goals and adding seven assists in seven games.

Demitra played for the Blues between 1996 and 2004, scoring at least 20 goals for the team seven times, including three 30-goal seasons in 1998-99, 2001-02 and 2002-03.

Halak's mask is the second one in the past week to feature a tribute to players that passed away during this forgettable summer for hockey. Minnesota Wild goaltender Josh Harding recently had a mask designed that also features a tribute on the backplate to Demitra, as well as Harding's former teammates Derek Boogaard (in Minnesota) and Rick Rypien (in Juniors).

Photo: InGoal Magazine

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Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: September 16, 2011 1:06 am
 

Halak's mask features Demitra tribute

Horrible doesn't even begin to describe how awful this off-season was.  Multiple enforcers dying at a young age and now a plane crash that takes the lives of about 40 people, some that we know very well from their NHL days.



Since: Sep 16, 2007
Posted on: September 15, 2011 8:32 pm
 

Halak's mask features Demitra tribute

The fact that Harding's mask has three tributes on it says it all. Horrible off-season for hockey.


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