Stefan Liv following HV71 winning the Swedish National Championship in April 2010
21 December 1980|
7 September 2011 (aged 30)|
|Height||6 ft 0 in (183 cm)|
|Weight||185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)|
Grand Rapids Griffins
102nd overall, 2000|
Detroit Red Wings
|Men's ice hockey|
Stefan Daniel Patryk Liv (born Patryk ?li?; 21 December 1980 - 7 September 2011) was a Polish-born Swedish professional ice hockey goaltender. Liv played professionally in Sweden, North America and Russia. Liv played nine seasons for HV71 in the top-tier league in Sweden. He played one season in Detroit Red Wings organization without managing to make his debut in the NHL. He then returned to Europe and HV71. Upon his return, he played three seasons in Sweden, then moved to Russia in 2010.
Stefan Liv was a member of Lokomotiv Yaroslavl of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) when he died, along with the rest of the team in the Lokomotiv Yaroslavl plane crash. He was a member of several Swedish national teams, including the 2006 Olympic championship team. A street in Jönköping, named "Stefan Livs gata" (English: Stefan Liv's street), was named in his honor on 2 August 2013.
Liv was the starting goaltender for HC Sibir and was often chosen for the Swedish national team. On 22 December 2005, he was named as third goaltender to Team Sweden for the 2006 Winter Olympics. He wore the goaltender's glove on his left hand. He was agile, quick in moving from side to side and skilled with close-range shots, and his unorthodox style reminded some of Dominik Ha?ek.
Liv played his first Elitserien game in Sweden on 18 January 2000 in Jönköping for HV71 against Luleå HF. His first national appearance was in a match against the Czech Republic, also in Jönköping, on 9 November 2000. Liv was drafted in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft by the Detroit Red Wings in the third round, 102nd overall.
Liv signed a one-year contract with the Red Wings in May 2006, but started season 2006-07 playing for the Grand Rapids Griffins of the American Hockey League (AHL). He was recalled by the Red Wings on 17 November 2006. On 26 November 2006, Liv was back with the Grand Rapids Griffins playing against Houston Aeros. Two days later, Liv was assigned to the Toledo Storm in ECHL when the Grand Rapids Griffins recalled goalie Logan Koopmans. He was later recalled by Grand Rapids Griffins.
After one season with the Detroit Red Wings' organization playing mostly for Grand Rapids, totaling a save percentage of .895 over 34 games, Liv signed a three-year contract with his former Swedish club HV71. He continued the 2007-08 season by winning the Swedish Championship and was awarded the Guldpucken as the Player of the Year in the Elitserien. During the 2009-10 season Liv played again at HV71, and he was selected to Sweden's Olympic team for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, where he was the third goalie after New York Rangers' Henrik Lundqvist and Toronto Maple Leafs' Jonas Gustavsson. In 2010-11 Liv played for Sibir Novosibirsk in the KHL, and was selected to the 2011 KHL All-star game. For the 2011-12 season, Liv moved to Lokomotiv Yaroslavl.
On 7 September 2011, Liv was killed when a Yakovlev Yak-42 passenger aircraft, carrying nearly his entire Lokomotiv team, crashed just outside Yaroslavl, Russia. 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."
As a result of Liv's death, the premier round games of the 2011-12 Elitserien season, between 13-15 September, began with a one-minute silence. In honour, his No. 1 jersey was retired and raised to the rafters by HV71 in Kinnarps Arena prior to HV71's home game against Timrå IK on 10 January 2012. To remember Liv throughout the 2011-12 season, all player jerseys in HV71's team carried number 1 on the front. On 10 September 2011, over 10,000 fans of HV71 attended Kinnarps Arena, HV71's home arena, to honor Stefan Liv.
In their 2011 season opener, each member of the Detroit Red Wings wore a patch bearing "BM*RS*SL" to honor the memories of Liv, Lokomotiv coach Brad McCrimmon, and defenseman Ruslan Salei. Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard also paid a personal tribute to the three men on the back of his mask. Liv and Howard had shared goaltending duties during Liv's season with the Grand Rapids Griffins.
From the 2012-13 season onward, the Swedish Hockey League's playoff MVP award is known as the Stefan Liv Memorial Trophy in honor of Liv. On 2 August 2013, a new street in Jönköping leading to Kinnarps Arena was named "Stefan Livs gata" (English: Stefan Liv's street).
|2006-07||Grand Rapids Griffins||AHL||34||15||15||0||1,893||95||2||3.01|
Liv played for Sweden in:
|Senior int'l totals||8||6||2||0||478||12||3||1.51|