Three European hockey greats have passed away.
Igor Stelnov, a two time Olympic gold medalist with the old Soviet teams, succumbed to "a serious illness" at the age of 46. The defenseman also played in the 1984 and 1987 Canada Cup tournaments.
Also, Hungary's Gabor Ocskay died of a heart attack today. Three times the 33 year old Ocskay had been named as the Hungarian player of the year. Just five days ago he led his team Alba Volan to their ninth national championship in Ocskay's tenure.
Also, former Czechoslovakian defenseman and later national team coach Jaroslav Pitner died on Friday at the age of 82.