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July 3, 1997 | HELENE ELLIOTT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Their hands were so capable, their bodies so strong. Vladimir Konstantinov, the rugged defenseman who never measured an opponent before checking him, and Sergei Mnatsakanov, the massage therapist who kneaded the aches out of the Detroit Red Wings' muscles. Vital, powerful men who had reached the peak of their professions and had so much to enjoy. Now, it is a major achievement if Konstantinov opens his eyes for more than a few moments or if Mnatsakanov wipes his brow and recognizes relatives.
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July 3, 1997 | HELENE ELLIOTT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Their hands were so capable, their bodies so strong. Vladimir Konstantinov, the rugged defenseman who never measured an opponent before checking him, and Sergei Mnatsakanov, the massage therapist who kneaded the aches out of the Detroit Red Wings' muscles. Vital, powerful men who had reached the peak of their professions and had so much to enjoy. Now, it is a major achievement if Konstantinov opens his eyes for more than a few moments or if Mnatsakanov wipes his brow and recognizes relatives.
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December 18, 1998 | Associated Press
The limousine driver in the 1997 crash that injured two Detroit Red Wings players and the team's masseur was arraigned Thursday in Bloomfield Township, Mich., on charges that he violated probation since his early prison release in June. Oakland County District Judge Kimberly Small also increased Richard Gnida's cash bond from $10,000 to $50,000, siding with a prosecutor's claim that Gnida's jailing would better ensure his court appearances.
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July 15, 1997 | Associated Press
The driver of the limousine that crashed last month and left two members of the Detroit Red Wings in comas had marijuana in his system, a prosecutor said Monday. A second toxicology report that came back from an out-of-state independent laboratory showed traces of the drug in Richard Gnida's system, Oakland County prosecutor David Gorcyca said.
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November 10, 1997 | Associated Press
Chris Simon, a Native American with the Washington Capitals, was suspended indefinitely by the NHL on Sunday amid accusations he shouted a racial slur at a African American player on the Edmonton Oilers. Simon made the remark to Mike Grier at the end of the Capital-Oiler game Saturday night in Landover, Md., several players and two on-ice officials said. The league did not disclose what was said by Simon who honors his Ojibwa Tribe heritage with long hair and a tattoo.
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June 14, 1997 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Detroit Red Wings star Vladimir Konstantinov and a team masseur were in critical condition Friday night after suffering head injuries in a limousine accident that left teammate Viacheslav Fetisov hospitalized with less serious injuries in Royal Oak, Mich. The injuries to Konstantinov and team masseur Sergei Mnatsakanov were life-threatening, said Dr. James Cisek, an emergency doctor at William Beaumont Hospital.
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June 1, 1998 | Associated Press
The "Vladinator" was back in the house. And the Detroit Red Wings were one victory from the Stanley Cup Finals. With injured defenseman Vladimir Konstantinov watching from a private suite, Vyacheslav Kozlov broke a tie at 11:30 of the third period, lifting the Red Wings to a 3-2 victory over the Dallas Stars on Sunday in Game 4 of the Western Conference finals. "Kozzie is no surprise," Detroit forward Nicklas Lidstrom said. "He's scored a lot of big goals for us in the playoffs over the years.
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November 2, 1997 | From Associated Press
Beating the slumping Vancouver Canucks wasn't supposed to be as difficult as the Pittsburgh Penguins made it Saturday night. Rob Brown scored with 1:08 left in overtime to give the Penguins a 7-6 victory at Pittsburgh that stretched Vancouver's losing streak to six games. Alex Hicks served as a decoy after Brown chipped the puck past defenseman Dana Murzyn and took off on a breakaway.
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June 15, 1997 | From Associated Press
Vladimir Konstantinov remained unconscious and on a ventilator Saturday with a critical head injury after a limousine crash Friday night in Birmingham, Mich. Teammate Slava Fetisov and two others also were injured in the crash. "The long-term prognosis for this is impossible to tell," said Dr. James Robbins, a trauma surgeon at William Beaumont Hospital. "The next few days are going to be very important to determine which way he is going to go. "Can he recover? Absolutely . . .
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June 30, 1997 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Detroit Red Wing defenseman Vladimir Konstantinov and the team masseur of the Stanley Cup champions are emerging from their comas, but they will require months of rehabilitation, doctors said Sunday. Konstantinov and Sergei Mnatsakanov have been upgraded to serious condition. They had been listed in critical condition since June 13 when the limousine they were riding in after attending a charity event crashed into a tree.
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June 30, 1997 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Detroit Red Wing defenseman Vladimir Konstantinov and the team masseur of the Stanley Cup champions are emerging from their comas, but they will require months of rehabilitation, doctors said Sunday. Konstantinov and Sergei Mnatsakanov have been upgraded to serious condition. They had been listed in critical condition since June 13 when the limousine they were riding in after attending a charity event crashed into a tree.
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