января 1998 года.
Konstantinov emerges to meet Clinton
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Sitting in his black wheelchair, Vladimir Konstantinov
gave President Clinton a thumbs-up.
The annual visit to the White House by a Stanley Cup championship
team turned into an emotional reunion Friday as the Detroit Red Wings defensemen
made his first public appearance since a limousine accident seven months
"Vladi, we know how hard you are working, and how far you have
come since your accident last summer. You are showing every day that you
have the heart of a champion," Clinton told Konstantinov after the two
exchanged thumbs-up signs in the East Room of the White House.
Konstantinov, in a coma for weeks after the accident and now
slowly regaining his ability to speak, also nodded often at encouraging
words from the speakers and shared smiles with his teammates during the
"Vladi's really excited and really happy," said Konstantinov's
wife, Irina, who accompanied her husband for the quick round-trip flight
from Florida, where Konstantinov remains hospitalized. "He was up at five
in the morning today. He's very excited about seeing old teammates."
Konstantinov, teammate Vyacheslav Fetisov and team masseur Sergei
Mnatsakanov were injured when their limousine hit a tree June 13, just
six days after the Red Wings won their first NHL title in 42 years. Fetisov
and the driver received minor injuries; Mnatsakanov is still hospitalized
in Detroit, and is not expected to walk again.
"We take one day at a time," Irina Konstantinov said. "It's really
tough to go through such a time like this. Every day he's getting better
and better. He started to make his first steps with the therapist."
It was the first time many of the Red Wings had seen Konstantinov
"He's been recognizing the players, and saying 'Hello,' " right
wing Doug Brown said. "And that's nice to see. He seems to be enjoying
it. ... I'm pleased to see he's progressing. I'd like to see him a lot
Konstantinov and Fetisov are two of the "Russian Five" that helped
the Red Wings win their first Stanley Cup since 1955. Brown, one of the
few Americans on the team, found himself giving history lessons to his
teammates as they rode past the various monuments on the way to the White
"If they have any questions, I try to clue them in a little bit,"
Brown said. "I told them they have a file on those boys in the back from
about 10 years ago."
Clinton also noted the strong Russian connection when speaking
"I reminded him that I am term-limited in my present position,"
Clinton said. "And I asked him to take a picture with me. I said, 'You
know, you can't ever tell, I might run for office in Russia some day.'
"So he agreed to do it. I expect it to be in the papers in Moscow
any day -- and I expect my popularity to soar as a result of it."
Страничка Владимира Константинова
на сайте "Звёзды с Востока"
14 сентября. Хоккеисты "Рэд Уинз" в шестой раз провели
благотворительный гольфный турнир в пользу Владимира Константинова и Сергея
Июнь 2003. Days are busy, fulfilling for Mnatsakonov
19 марта. Healing continues for Konstantinov // Detroit
10 января. Konstantinov gets ovation
12 ноября. 16-й номер остался у Константинова
9 сентября. "Рэд Уинз" собрали около $50.000 для
семей Владимира Константинова и Сергея Мнатцаканова
Один день из жизни Константинова
30 января. Konstantinov emerges to meet Clinton