Slovakia mourns Pavol Demitra

Updated: September 15, 2011, 11:24 AM ET
Associated Press

TRENCIN, Slovakia -- Thousands of people attended a memorial service at a Slovak ice hockey arena Thursday to honor Pavol Demitra, the former national team captain who died in a plane crash that wiped out an entire Russian hockey club.

Slovakia president Ivan Gasparovic and major Slovak hockey stars -- including Zdeno Chara, Marian Hossa and Marian Gaborik -- attended.

The service was held Thursday in Trencin's arena in western Slovakia, where Demitra began his career in the top Slovak ...

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