Some news about one of the Russian 5, Konstantinov and his family. Fedorov was very close to him in Detroit. Very good read, Kamensky talks about Joe Sakic, Messier, Mark Crawford, Avs, Devils, but I've just translated a part about Konstantinov.
When Fedorov beat Caps 5:0, Konstantinov probably had 5 assists back then.
Yuri Golyshak, Alexander Kruzhkov, Sport-Express, Feb. 27, 2009 "Interview with Valeri Kamensky":
Do you see Vladimir Konstantinov? You were friends before.
And we communicate now too. Vovka [tj note: short for Vladimir] is in Detroit, but his wife frequently flies with him to Florida. There our houses are in the same neighborhood. Until Konstantinovs didn't buy the house in Florida they lived in mine.
The newspapers wrote that his wife left Konstantinov.
Nonsense. She is constantly with him. And she takes him to hockey games in a wheelchair. His daughter goes to college. Unfortunately, there are no improvements for Volodya. [tj note: short for Vladmir]. Hard to see him in this condition, very hard.
Did he gain a lot of weight?
No wonder. When a person is without a motion, the weight is rapidly creeping up.
What are you talking about?
We remember the old days, our games for CSKA, the national team. I try to remind him something, he nods. Volodya gets tired very quickly. Yes, and he has memory problems. But he recognizes me immediately.
How is Sergei Mnatsakanov doing?
I don't know him well. I know that he has no changes. His head is clear, understands everything, but he also moves a wheelchair, his spine is broken.
I also read in Detroit press that Konstantinov's wife left him. So, good news to hear that she is with him and his daughter going to college. Thank you, Valeri.
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