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Slegr: 'This is his group'

Updated: September 10, 2004, 4:30 PM ET
By Scott Burnside | Special to ESPN.com

TORONTO -- Five days before the start of training camp for the World Cup of Hockey, old friends and neighbors Martin Rucinsky and Ivan Hlinka got together to chat about the coming tournament.

"He couldn't wait. He couldn't wait to be around the dressing room," Rucinsky recalled.

Three days later, returning from a visit with his star player Jaromir Jagr, the Czech coach was killed in a car accident.

For North American hockey fans, Hlinka may be familiar for his brief NHL career ...

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