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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Stefan Liv, Swedish, Olympic gold medalist (2006), world champion (2006), died in a plane crash he was 30.

Stefan Daniel Patryk Liv, born Patryk Śliż, was a Polish-born Swedish professional ice hockey goaltender died in a plane crash he was 30.. Liv played professionally in Sweden, North America and Russia. Liv played nine seasons for HV71 in Sweden. He played one season of minor league hockey in North America then returned to Europe. Upon his return, he played three seasons in Sweden, then moved to Russia in 2009. He was a member of Lokomotiv Yaroslavl of the KHL when he died with the rest of the team in a plane crash. He was a member of several Swedish national teams, including the 2006 Olympic championship team.

(21 December 1980 – 7 September 2011)

  Personal

Liv was born in Gdynia, Poland, as Patryk Śliz, given to an orphanage in Gdańsk and adopted by a Swedish family around the age of two. He kept his original first name as a second first name.[1][2]

Playing career

Liv was the starting goaltender for HC Sibir and was often chosen for the Swedish national team. On 22 December 2005, he was named as third goaltender to Team Sweden for the 2006 Winter Olympics.[3] He wore the goaltender's glove on his left hand. He was agile, quick in moving from side to side and skilled with close-range shots,[4] and his unorthodox style reminded some of Dominik Hašek.[5]
Liv played his first Elitserien game in Sweden on 18 January 2000 in Jönköping for HV71 against Luleå HF. His first national appearance was in a match against the Czech Republic, also in Jönköping, on 9 November 2000. Liv was drafted in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft by the Detroit Red Wings in the third round, 102nd overall.[6]
Liv signed a one-year contract with the Red Wings in May 2006,[5] but started season 2006–07 playing for the Grand Rapids Griffins of the American Hockey League (AHL).[7] He was recalled by the Red Wings on 17 November 2006.[8] On 26 November 2006, Liv was back with the Grand Rapids playing against Houston Aeros. Two days later, Liv was assigned to the Toledo Storm in ECHL when the Grand Rapids recalled goalie Logan Koopmans.[9] He was later recalled by Grand Rapids.
After one season with the Detroit Red Wings' organization, playing mostly for Grand Rapids, totaling a save percentage of .895 over 34 games, he signed a three-year contract with his former Swedish club HV71.[10] He continued the 2007–08 season by winning the Swedish Championship and was awarded the Guldpucken as the Player of the Year in the Elitserien. Season 2009-10 Liv played again at HV 71, and he was selected to Swedens Olympic team for Vancouver Olympics 2010, where he was third goalie after New York Rangers Henrik Lundvist and Toronto Maple Leafs Jonas Gustavsson. Season 2010-11 Liv played at Sibir Novosibirsk in KHL, and was selected KHL All-star game 2011. For season 2011-12 Liv moved to Lokomotiv Yaroslavl. [11]

Death

On 7 September 2011, Liv was killed when a Yakovlev Yak-42 passenger aircraft, carrying nearly his entire Lokomotiv team, crashed just outside Yaroslavl, Russia. The team was traveling to Minsk to play their opening game of the season, with its coaching staff and prospects. Lokomotiv officials said "'everyone from the main roster was on the plane plus four players from the youth team.'"[12][13][14]
As a result of Liv's death, the premier round games of the 2011–12 Elitserien season, between 13–15 September, began with a one-minute silence.[15] In honour, his No. 1 jersey will be retired and raised to the rafters by HV71 in Kinnarps Arena prior to HV71's home game against Timrå IK on 10 January 2012.[16][17] To remember Liv throughout the 2011–12 season, all player jerseys in HV71's team carry number 1 on the front.[18] On 10 September 2011, over 10,000 fans of HV71 attended Kinnarps Arena, HV71's home arena, to honor Stefan Liv.[19]
In their 2011 season opener, each member of the Detroit Red Wings wore a patch bearing "BM*RS*SL" to honor the memories of Liv, Lokomotiv coach Brad McCrimmon, and defenseman Ruslan Salei.[20] Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard also paid a personal tribute to the three men on the back of his mask.[21] Liv and Howard had shared goaltending duties during Liv's season with the Grand Rapids Griffins.[22]
Liv's body was buried at the Sofiakyrkan church in Jönköping on 2 October 2011, with 120 friends and relatives arriving at the scene and leaving one rose flower each on Liv's coffin.[23][24]

Awards

  • Nominated to the Elitserien Rookie of the Year in 2001.
  • Named to the Elitserien All-Star Game in 2002.
  • Bronze medal at the Ice Hockey World Championships in 2002.
  • Awarded the Honken Trophy (Swedish Goaltender of the Year) in 2002.
  • Silver medal at the Ice Hockey World Championships in 2004.
  • Elitserien playoff winner with HV71 in 2004 and 2008.
  • Gold medal at the Winter Olympics in 2006.
  • Gold medal at the Ice Hockey World Championship in 2006.
  • Awarded Guldpucken (Swedish Player of the Year) in 2008.
  • Named to the Swedish All-Star Team in 2008.
  • Elitserien playoff silver medal with HV71 in 2009.
  • Bronze medal at the Ice Hockey World Championships in 2009.

Records

  • Elitserien record for shutouts in playoffs (5) — (four during the finals)
  • Elitserien record for career shutouts (37)
  • HV71's club record for total minutes played (13,231)
  • HV71's club record for shutouts in a season (6)
  • HV71's club record for career GAA (2.17)

Career statistics

Regular season



Season Team League GP W L T MIN GA SO GAA
1999–00 HV71 SEL 12


716 25 0 2.09
2000–01 HV71 SEL 46


2,752 127 4 2.77
2001–02 HV71 SEL 38


2,184 95 4 2.61
2002–03 HV71 SEL 46


2,723 124 3 2.73
2003–04 HV71 SEL 41


2,451 91 6 2.23
2004–05 HV71 SEL 40


2,404 119 2 2.97
2005–06 HV71 SEL 40


2,406 87 4 2.17
2006–07 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 34 15 15 0 1,893 95 2 3.01
2006–07 Toledo Storm ECHL 3 1 1 1 184 7 0 2.29
2007–08 HV71 SEL 48 26 11 11 2,785 105 5 2.26
2008–09 HV71 SEL 35 15 9 11 2,001 86 1 2.58
2009–10 HV71 SEL 43


2,542 110 4 2.60
2010–11 HC Sibir KHL 39 19 16 2 2,276 84 4 2.21
SEL totals 389


22,964 969 33 2.49
KHL totals 39 19 16 2 2,276 84 4 2.21
ECHL totals 3 1 1 1 184 7 0 2.29
AHL totals 34 15 15 0 1,893 95 2 3.01
Statistics as of the end of the Elitserien regular season 2008–09.[4][25][26]

Post-season



Season Team League GP W L T MIN GA SO GAA
1999–00 HV71 SEL 3 1 2 0 178 12 0 4.04
2001–02 HV71 SEL 8 4 4 0 517 27 0 3.13
2002–03 HV71 SEL 7 3 4 0 391 17 1 2.61
2003–04 HV71 SEL 18 12 6 0 1,091 35 5 1.92
2005–06 HV71 SEL 12 7 5 0 668 38 0 3.41
2007–08 HV71 SEL 17 12 5 0 1,020 31 3 1.82
2008–09 HV71 SEL 18 9 8 0 1,111 35 1 1.89
SEL totals 83 48 34 0 4,976 195 10 2.48
Statistics as of the end of Elitserien playoffs 2009.[4][25]

International play

Liv has played for Sweden in:

International statistics



Year Team Event GP W L T MIN GA SO GAA
2002 Sweden WC 2 2 0 0 120 3 1 1.50
2004 Sweden WC 1 1 0 0 60 1 0 1.00
2006 Sweden Oly 1 1 0 0 60 2 0 2.00
2006 Sweden WC 1 1 0 0 60 0 1 0.00
2008 Sweden WC 3 1 2 0 178 6 1 2.02
Senior int'l totals 8 6 2 0 478 12 3 1.51
Statistics as of 17 May 2008.[4][25]


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