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Eleven years later, 'Vladinator' fights on

Originally Published: April 24, 2009
By Greg Garber | ESPN.com

DETROIT -- Sitting on a couch in an expansive townhouse northwest of the city, Vladimir Konstantinov listens intently to his wife tell the sad, wrenching story of his demise.

As Irina Konstantinov describes the brain trauma, the seemingly endless coma and the critical-mass moment in the hospital, she pauses under the harsh television lights, her eyes filled with tears. At the same time one of the toughest, most physical players in the tough, physical history of the National Hockey ...

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