Former NHLer Petr Klima Dies at 58 Cause of Death Still Unknown: Former NHL forward Petr Klima who was a member of the 1990 Stanley Cup-winning team has died at the age of 58.
Klima’s death was confirmed by HC Litvinov the Czech club where he began his career in 1981. Klima’s passing has prompted an outpouring of tributes from fans former teammates and colleagues.
Petr Klima Legacy
Petr Klima was best known for his triple-OT winner in Game 1 of the 1990 Stanley Cup Final which helped the Edmonton Oilers clinch the championship.
In a career that spanned 13 seasons Klima played 786 NHL games scoring 313 goals and 260 assists. He played for several teams including the Oilers Tampa Bay Lightning Detroit Red Wings Los Angeles Kings and Pittsburgh Penguins.
Klima’s on-ice achievements were matched by his impact off the ice where he served as a mentor to many young European players. Jakub Bazant of Detroit Michigan paid tribute to Klima saying that he was one of the first European-born players to knock on the NHL’s doors and that he passed on the knowledge of how to make it in the league to others.
Petr Klima Cause of Death Unknown
The cause of Klima’s death has not been disclosed. Fans have taken to social media to express their condolences and to speculate on what may have caused Klima’s untimely passing. However, until more information is released the cause of death remains a mystery.
Klima was born in Chomutov Czechoslovakia on December 23 1964. He is survived by his two sons Kelly and Kevin who also play in the top Czech league. Klima’s career earnings are estimated to be around $4 million and he was widely respected for his skills as a player and his contributions to the game.
Tributes Pour In
As news of Klima’s death spread fans and former teammates took to social media to express their condolences. The Edmonton Oilers posted a message on Twitter saying that they were “deeply saddened to hear of the passing of #Oilers alum Petr Klima & extend our condolences to his family & all loved ones.”
The NHL also released a statement saying that Klima’s passing was a loss for the entire hockey community. “Klima helped the Oilers win the 1990 Stanley Cup while scoring a memorable triple-overtime winner in Game 1 of the Final. Our sympathies are with his family friends and many fans.”
Klima’s legacy will live on in the memories of fans and colleagues who remember him as a skilled player and a generous mentor. As the hockey world mourns his passing his contributions to the game will not be forgotten.
Many fans and colleagues have shared stories and memories of Klima highlighting his impressive skills on the ice and his kind heart off it. Klima was a beloved figure in the hockey community and his death has left a deep void.
Klima’s passing has also sparked conversations about the importance of mental health and wellness in the hockey community. Many former players have spoken out about the challenges of life after hockey including the struggle to adjust to a new identity and find purpose outside of the game. As the hockey community continues to grieve many are calling for increased support for retired players and their families.
Despite the sadness surrounding Klima’s passing fans and colleagues are taking comfort in the memories and legacy that he leaves behind. Klima will be remembered as a skilled player a devoted father and a beloved mentor who touched the lives of many people both on and off the ice.
As the hockey world continues to mourn his passing fans and colleagues are finding solace in the outpouring of tributes and memories that continue to pour in. Klima’s legacy will live on in the hearts and minds of all those who knew and loved him.