Yushkevich retires after tragedy
Dmitri Yushkevich was one of those unheralded guys I loved to watch during his NHL career. Tough as nails and smart with and without the puck, his best years were from 1995-2002 here in Toronto.
He hasn't played in the NHL since 2003, but it now appears his career in the Russian league is over as well:
At the age of 37, Yushkevich was forced to say goodbye to the game after the tragic death of his first wife in California. With three children to take care of there was no room left for hockey. The 5-4 loss with Severstal Cherepovets at Amur Khabarovsk on January 8 will remain his last hockey game.Unfortunate news. I'm afraid I don't have any more info on what exactly happened to his wife, who was apparently still living in the U.S. where Yushkevich played with the Kings in 2002-03.
Yushkevich has 10-year-old triplets.