Monday, January 21, 2008

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.

6 Comments:

At 11:21 PM, January 21, 2008, Blogger Wm. said...

This is tough to see a tragedy like this end a life and end a players career. I loved to watch Yuskie when he played in the NHL, he was a grinder's grinder.

He got a raw deal from the Leafs and he was right when he said the only person that wasn't a liar was Carlton.

 
At 11:44 PM, January 21, 2008, Anonymous alexovetjkin said...

She had some lethal liver disease (cancer?) according to sovsport.ru
They were divorced though and now Dmitri has a wife and 3 kids from that first marriage.

 
At 2:29 AM, January 22, 2008, Anonymous beingbobbyorr said...

I believe he was/is partners with another Russian ex-NHLer (Tony Semenov?) in owning and running a rink in SOuthern California.

 
At 4:43 PM, January 23, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Terrible news for Yushkevich, really sad to hear.

The way they dealt with Yushkevich (if you don't know, in 2002, he got a blood clot in his leg and the team refused to let him play for insurance reasons after he recovered) tells you everyone you need about why the Leafs are a clownish organization. The guy was a true warrior on the ice and a fantastic defender. He wanted to suit up in the playoffs - but they wanted to save insurance dollars! Leafs' philosophy right there, go for the money, not the Cup.

 
At 8:08 PM, March 19, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't be stupid. He wasn't fully recovered and the Leafs didn't want to risk him dieing because of playing. They would have loved for him to play, and Yuski was willing to chance it....Insurance, money had nothing to do with it.

 
At 11:42 PM, December 01, 2008, OpenID Leaf2001br said...

Please...that may be the first time I've heard someone accuse the Leafs of being cheap. This isn't the Winnipeg Jets we're talking about.

 

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