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Salei's family lives on through grief

Updated: September 6, 2012, 9:55 PM ET
By Scott Burnside | ESPN.com

Bethann Salei visits her husband's grave in a special cemetery reserved for war heroes, politicians and other luminaries and regularly finds gifts and flowers left by strangers.

Her son Aleksandro, all of 5 years old, dons an Anaheim Ducks jersey with the familiar "Salei" stitched across the shoulders and his father's No. 24 on the back, as he drops the ceremonial puck at a tournament named in Ruslan Salei's honor in Minsk. Fans repeatedly ask Bethann if she's hoping her son becomes an NHL ...

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