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Former NHL Goalie Mikhail Shtalenkov Reported Missing

Former Anaheim (Mighty) Ducks goalie and 1992 gold medal-winner Mikhail Shtalenkov was reported missing in Russia when he disappeared after a flight to Moscow last Sunday.

Shtalenkov, 46, is a coach in the Kontinental Hockey League for team Metallurg.

“An announcement was received from his spouse that Mikhail has gone missing,” said an unnamed official. “All necessary search and recovery measures are being taken.”

Shtalenkov was drafted by the Ducks in 1992 and spent five years with the organization, mostly as a back-up to Guy Hebert. He was taken by the Nashville Predators in the 1998 expansion draft before being traded to the Edmonton Oilers. He would go on to spend time with the Phoenix Coyotes and Florida Panthers during his short career before leaving the NHL for good  in 2000.

Shtalenkov retired from the NHL with a career record of 62-82-19 and a 2.89 goals against average in 190 games.

The highlight of his career was playing for the Unified Team that won a gold medal in the 1992 Winter Olympics in Albertville, France.

Let’s hope Shatlenkov is found healthy and in one piece. The KHL has experienced it’s fair share of tragedy this past year. In September a plane carrying the Lokomotiv Yarolavl hockey team crashed killed 44 players and coaches.

I will update this story if there are any further developments.

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