Former Red Wings remember late team masseur Sergei Tchekmarev

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The Detroit Red Wings received tragic news following last night’s game.

Their long-time team masseur Sergei Tchekmarev passed away suddenly at the age of 65 Friday; the news was made official by an emotional head coach Jeff Blashill“He was an unreal man. He made it fun to be around the rink,” Blashill said. “I’ve known him for 10-plus years, he was here for 20-plus years. He was one of the best people I’ve ever been around, one of the kindest, cared, had an unreal outlook on life. My heart goes out to his family and certainly to … so many people around here that loved him, including myself.”

Former Red Wings players who knew Tchekmarev well began offering heartfelt tributes to their fallen friend, including Kris Draper and Mathieu Dandenault.

Tchekmarev, nicknamed “Cheeka”, first came to the Red Wings in the 1998-99 season after having previously worked with the San Jose Sharks. He’s survived by his wife and daughter.

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