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K?rlis Skrasti
Karlis Skrastins.jpg
Born (1974-07-09)July 9, 1974
Riga, Latvian SSR, Soviet Union
Died September 7, 2011(2011-09-07) (aged 37)
Yaroslavl, Russia
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 210 lb (95 kg; 15 st 0 lb)
Position Defence
Shot Left
Played for P?rdaugava R?ga
TPS
Nashville Predators
Colorado Avalanche
Florida Panthers
HK R?ga 2000
Dallas Stars
National team  Latvia
NHL Draft 230th overall, 1998
Nashville Predators
Playing career 1991–2011

K?rlis Skrasti (July 9, 1974 - September 7, 2011) was a Latvian professional ice hockey player. Skrasti was drafted by the Nashville Predators of the National Hockey League in 1998 as a defenceman and spent twelve years in the league playing for the Predators, the Colorado Avalanche, the Florida Panthers, and the Dallas Stars.

For the 2011-2012 season, Skrasti left the NHL and signed a contract to play in Russia for Lokomotiv Yaroslavl of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL). However, he never got to play a game for Lokomotiv as he was killed in the Lokomotiv Yaroslavl plane crash that killed almost the entire team on September 7, 2011.[1]

Playing career

Skrasti was drafted by Nashville Predators with the 230th pick in the ninth round of 1998 NHL Entry Draft.[2] On October 15, 2002, against the New York Islanders, he scored a 5-on-3 shorthanded goal. He played for Nashville for five seasons until being traded to the Colorado Avalanche in 2003.[3] On February 8, 2007, he played in his 487th consecutive game to pass Tim Horton for the longest playing streak in NHL history for a defenceman.[4] Skrasti' streak ended at 495 games, when he missed a February 25, 2007 game against the Anaheim Ducks with a knee injury.[5] He had previously missed only one other game due to injury in his career -- against St. Louis on February 18, 2000, with a minor shoulder injury. The streak led to him being given the nickname "Ironman".[6]

In his fourth season with the Avalanche in 2007-08, he was traded to the Florida Panthers for Ruslan Salei (who also died in the Lokomotiv plane crash) on February 26, 2008.[7] In his first full season with the Panthers in 2008-09, Skrasti scored a career high 18 points in 80 games. On October 16, 2008, he played his 600th career NHL game against the Minnesota Wild[8] and on November 1, 2008, he scored his 100th point in his NHL career in a 3-2 loss fittingly against his original club, the Nashville Predators.[9]

On July 2, 2009, he was signed by the Dallas Stars to a two-year contract worth $2.75 million.[10] He scored his only two goals of the 2009-10 season, including the game winner, on December 19 in a 4-3 Stars victory over the Detroit Red Wings.[11]

On May 17, 2011, after eleven seasons in the NHL, Skrasti left to sign a contract with Russian team, Lokomotiv Yaroslavl.[12]

Death

Skrastins died on September 7, 2011, when a Yakovlev Yak-42 passenger aircraft, carrying nearly the entire Lokomotiv Yaroslavl team, crashed just outside Yaroslavl, Russia.[13] The team was traveling to Minsk to play their opening game of the season, with its coaching staff and prospects. Lokomotiv officials said "'everyone from the main roster was on the plane plus four players from the youth team.'"[14][15][16][17]

Career statistics

Regular season and playoffs

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1991-92 Stars R?ga LVA 16 7 6 13 10 -- -- -- -- --
1992-93 P?rdaugava R?ga LVA 10 7 2 9 12 -- -- -- -- --
1992-93 P?rdaugava R?ga RUS 40 3 5 8 16 2 0 0 0 0
1993-94 P?rdaugava R?ga RUS 42 7 5 12 18 2 1 0 1 4
1994-95 P?rdaugava R?ga RUS 52 4 14 18 69 -- -- -- -- --
1995-96 TPS SM-l 50 4 11 15 32 11 2 2 4 10
1996-97 TPS SM-l 50 2 8 10 20 12 0 4 4 2
1997-98 TPS SM-l 48 4 15 19 67 4 0 0 0 0
1998-99 Nashville Predators NHL 2 0 1 1 0 -- -- -- -- --
1998-99 Milwaukee Admirals IHL 75 8 36 44 47 2 0 1 1 2
1999-2000 Nashville Predators NHL 59 5 6 11 20 -- -- -- -- --
1999-2000 Milwaukee Admirals IHL 19 3 8 11 10 -- -- -- -- --
2000-01 Nashville Predators NHL 82 1 11 12 30 -- -- -- -- --
2001-02 Nashville Predators NHL 82 4 13 17 36 -- -- -- -- --
2002-03 Nashville Predators NHL 82 3 10 13 44 -- -- -- -- --
2003-04 Colorado Avalanche NHL 82 5 8 13 26 11 0 2 2 2
2004-05 HK R?ga 2000 BLR 34 8 17 25 30 3 0 0 0 25
2004-05 HK R?ga 2000 LVA 4 0 4 4 0 9 3 10 13 33
2005-06 Colorado Avalanche NHL 82 3 11 14 65 9 0 1 1 10
2006-07 Colorado Avalanche NHL 68 0 11 11 30 -- -- -- -- --
2007-08 Colorado Avalanche NHL 43 1 3 4 20 -- -- -- -- --
2007-08 Florida Panthers NHL 17 1 0 1 12 -- -- -- -- --
2008-09 Florida Panthers NHL 80 4 14 18 30 -- -- -- -- --
2009-10 Dallas Stars NHL 79 2 11 13 24 -- -- -- -- --
2010-11 Dallas Stars NHL 74 3 5 8 38 -- -- -- -- --
RUS totals 134 14 24 38 103 4 1 0 1 4
SM-l totals 148 10 34 44 119 27 2 6 8 12
NHL totals 832 32 104 136 375 20 0 3 3 12

International

Year Team Event Result   GP G A Pts PIM
1993 Latvia WC C 21st 7 1 6 7 0
1993 Latvia OGQ DNQ 4 1 1 2 2
1994 Latvia WJC C 18th 4 1 5 6 33
1994 Latvia WC B 14th 7 3 5 8 0
1995 Latvia WC B 14th 7 1 1 2 4
1996 Latvia WC B 13th 7 2 2 4 8
1997 Latvia WC 7th 8 0 3 3 4
1998 Latvia WC 9th 6 0 1 1 6
1999 Latvia WC 11th 6 1 1 2 6
2000 Latvia WC 8th 7 1 2 3 4
2001 Latvia WC 13th 6 3 0 3 0
2002 Latvia OG 9th 1 0 0 0 0
2003 Latvia WC 9th 6 3 3 6 27
2005 Latvia OGQ Q 3 1 0 1 0
2005 Latvia WC 9th 6 2 0 2 2
2006 Latvia OG 12th 5 0 1 1 0
2009 Latvia WC 7th 7 1 1 2 0
2010 Latvia OG 12th 4 0 0 0 0
Tier I senior totals 62 11 12 23 49
Tier II senior totals 28 8 9 17 14

See also

References

  1. ^ Life News (in Russian). Lifenews.ru http://www.lifenews.ru/news/68936. Retrieved 2011. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  2. ^ "Karlis Skrastins #37 - D". TSN.ca. Retrieved .
  3. ^ "Karlis Skrastins". Legends of Hockey.net. Retrieved .
  4. ^ "Avalanche blue-liner Karlis Skrastins sets ironman mark". CBC.ca. 2007-02-08. Retrieved .
  5. ^ "Skrastins' consecutive game streak ends at 495". ESPN.com. Associated Press. 2007-02-26. Retrieved .
  6. ^ "Karlis Skrastins, Ice Hockey". Vancouver 2010.com. Archived from the original on April 9, 2010. Retrieved .
  7. ^ "Avalanche acquire Ruslan Salei". CBC. 2008-02-26. Archived from the original on January 19, 2012. Retrieved .
  8. ^ "Wild Thrash Panthers with 6 goals". NHL. 2008-10-16. Retrieved .
  9. ^ "Predators outlast Panthers". CBS Sports. 2008-11-01. Archived from the original on 2012-10-13. Retrieved .
  10. ^ "Dallas Stars Sign Skrastins To 2-Year Deal". CBS 11 TV.com. Associated Press. 2009-07-02. Retrieved .[permanent dead link]
  11. ^ "Stars snap Red Wings' four-game winning streak". USA Today. Associated Press. 2009-12-19. Retrieved .
  12. ^ "NHL defender in Yaroslavl". Lokomotiv Yaroslavl. 2011-05-17. Archived from the original on 2011-10-09. Retrieved .
  13. ^ "Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Latvia confirms that Skrastins has died". Tvnet (in Latvian). Retrieved 2011.
  14. ^ "First pictures from the crash of Yak-42 near Yaroslavl". Lifenews.ru. 2011-09-07. Retrieved .
  15. ^ "The list of Lokomotiv players who died". Lifenews.ru. 2011-09-07. Retrieved .
  16. ^ "Pavol Demitra among 43 killed in Russian plane crash". Toronto: theglobeandmail.com. 2011-09-07. Retrieved .[dead link]
  17. ^ Lynn Berry (7 September 2011). "Russian jet crash kills 43, many top hockey stars". Forbes. Retrieved .

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