KRASNANY, Slovakia -- Stefan Blaho, a 2003 fourth-round
pick of the New York Islanders, died Tuesday night in an
automobile accident. He was 21.
A left wing, Blaho played from 2003-06 for the Ontario Hockey
League's Sudbury Wolves, who announced his death on their Web
The Web site eurohockey.net reported Thursday that Blaho was in
a car with Slovakian hockey player Marcel Hanzel, 32, when the
accident occurred just after midnight.
Blaho, who represented Slovakia at the 2003 IIHF World U18
Championship and 2004 IIHF World U20 Championship, was expected
to sign a contract with MsHK Zilina, the reigning champion of
the Slovakian Extraliga.
Blaho played for Sudbury and Sarnia of the OHL for three
seasons, recording 18 goals and 30 assists in 153 games.
Hanzel last played with Dukla Trencin of the Extraliga.