As condolences poured in for Petr Klima’s family and friends Thursday, it was abundantly clear that the colorful Czech player left a lasting impression.
He died Thursday at his home in Czechia. He was 58. No cause of death has been revealed.
Some remember his smile or his effervescent personality. Many recall how dangerous he could be in open ice with the puck. There was the mullet. Odd helmet. Candy-cane striped stick tape. Bad boy image.
And he could play. Klima could sniff out a quality scoring chance like a hunting dog finds prey.
My favorite memory of Klima was his triple overtime goal for the Edmonton Oilers in the 1990 Stanley Cup Finals. Coach John Muckler didn’t trust Klima defensively and hadn’t played him much in the game.
He was probably the freshest player on either roster when he came off the bench to score 15:13 of the third OT. It ended the longest Stanley Cup game in NHL history.
— Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) May 4, 2023
Klima played five seasons for the Red Wings, and then played with four other teams (Edmonton, Los Angeles, Tampa Bay and Pittsburgh). All of them sent out a statements of condolences. He was a popular player.
Mark Spector of Sportsnet wrote this on Twitter: “Like a top student who doesn’t always apply himself, Klima was elite talent. He escaped communism, and as such, saw humor in most everything else – especially (Glen) Sather’s impatience. It will take a long stick to score from where you’re headed, Petr. But you’ll find a way. You always did.”
Red Wings’ Offseason
Lucas Raymond scored twice in Sweden’s 3-0 win against Switzerland at the Czech Hockey Games. These games are used as a warmup for the upcoming World Championships.
— The Grind Line Podcast™ (@GrindLinePod) May 5, 2023
Red Wings In Case You Missed It
- Blue chip Detroit prospect Carter Mazur will be playing for Team USA at the upcoming World Championships. Those games will be televised on The NHL Network.
- Red Wings draft pick Robert Mastrosimone has options for next season, but reportedly not with the Red Wings organization.
- Detroit forward Dominik Kubalik is excited to play for Czechia at the World Championships.
- David Perron was the good cop to Joe Veleno and Andrew Copp played the role of bad cop.
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