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Video: Konstantinov Weighs In on Red Wings’ Greatest Player

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Former Detroit Red Wings defenseman Vladimir Konstantinov is making more public appearances these days to raise money for his long-term care.

He’s also making his opinions known.

Fan Tammy Chinn posted a video of Vladdie on Twitter. She asked Konstantinov to say who Detroit’s best player is

“Yzerman,” Konstantinov answered.

Konstantinov lost his previously-state funded medical coverage because of a change in Michigan insurance law. The new law went into effect June 1.

Konstantinov suffered brain permanent damage when he was injured in a 1997 limousine accident. The accident happened after a Detroit Red Wings golf outing. He was in the prime of his career. The Red Wings had just won the Stanley Cup.

Under the old law,  Michigan residents who suffered serious traffic-related injuries had access to lifetime coverage from funds from the state’s car insurance policies.  The law was changed with the hope of reversing the state’s skyrocketing insurance rates.

GoFundMe Page Set-up

Several groups, including the Detroit Red Wings, are stepping up to help pay some of his living expenses. A GoFundMe page is set-up.  As of this morning, more than $42,000 has been raised. The goal is $250,000. Konstantinov’s daughter Anastasia manages the fund. Nine hundred and twenty-eight people have donated money.

Konstantinov is also signing memorabilia items to raise money

Konstantinov, 55, has also been making a few more appearances, like the one he made Sunday. Former Detroit Free Press hockey writer Keith Game posted some photos on Twitter. Konstantinov’s caregivers believe the signings and appearances are good therapy for him.

Alan Moore, through his company SportsGraphing.com, has raised thousands of dollars for the cause through the sale of autographed Konstantinov memorabilia. All funds raised from these sales go directly to Konstantinov’s Special Needs Fund.

Classy former Red Wings coach Dave Lewis stopped by to see Vladdie Sunday. Konstantinov always remembers his former teammates and coaches.

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