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Vladimir Konstantinov… The artist?

Nov 17, 2011, 11:40 AM EDT

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When Vladimir Konstantinov’s playing career was cut short after his limousine accident in 1997 leaving him with brain damage and unable to walk it was curious to see what he would do after a life filled with hockey.

While he’s still struggling with many things in life he’s made great strides in his recovery leading to a new passion. The Detroit News’ Gregg Krupa discovers that Konstantinov has taken his skills to the canvas as an artist and his work will be displayed in a gallery near Detroit.

Seeing what once was one of the most feared defenseman in the NHL become a modern day water color artist makes for one of the more incredible turns of style. With all that Konstantinov has gone through since the accident, however, for him to find peace and activity to keep rehabilitating his mind is incredible. After all, an accident like he was in could’ve taken his life. Modern medicine and therapy getting him to this point in life is nothing short of amazing.

Making his artwork even better is that the Gallery in Troy, Michigan will be selling some of his pieces with the funds going to benefit the Brain Injury Association of Michigan.

  1. t16rich - Nov 17, 2011 at 12:57 PM

    I still get watery eyes and goose bumps when I think of it. But the night Stevie Yzerman lifted the cup did a spin with it, and handed it off to this man while the entire Red Wings roster surrounded him is one of the classiest moments in all of sports. This guy was a strong hockey player but obviously he’s an even stronger human being.

    • govtminion - Nov 17, 2011 at 1:02 PM

      I grew up in Denver, hated Konstantinov with the passion everyone out there had for him… and yeah, that’s a moment that still gets something in my eye all these years later.

  2. michiganhockey11 - Nov 17, 2011 at 3:35 PM

    I cried like a girl when they did the pregame retirement of Stevie Y and he walked down the carpet with Probie next to him.

    Never forgotten Vlady. They said you wouldn’t walk again adn you proved them wrong.

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