Ex-Hawk Kopecky visits Demitra's grave with silver medal

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Ex-Hawk Kopecky visits Demitra's grave with silver medal

Former Blackhawks winger and current Florida Panther Tomas Kopecky honored his late friend fellow Slovakian Pavol Demitra Thursday, by bringing his silver medal from the 2012 IIHF World Championships to his grave.

Demitra, a former NHL All-Star and native of Slovakia, died in the Sept. 2011 plane crash that took the lives of 43 people, the majority either played for or coached Lokomotiv Yaroslavi in the KHL.

Kopecky was part of the Slovakian national team that made an incredible run through the World Championships to claim the silver medal after losing to Russia in the gold medal game. In order to do that, they first had to pull a major upset of Canada. Afterward, Kopecky said the following of Demitra:

"When you look at the game against Canada, after we scored the third goal, I just looked up and said 'Thanks God,"' Kopecky told Chris Johnston of the Canadian Press. "He's with us, it's unbelievable. It's just a great feeling."

You can watch footage of Kopecky visiting Demitra's grave below:

Honda Road Ahead: Blackhawks look to get back on track to close regular season

Honda Road Ahead: Blackhawks look to get back on track to close regular season

Pat Boyle and Steve Konroyd break down the Blackhawks' upcoming schedule in the latest edition of the Blackhawks Road Ahead, presented by Chicagoland and NW Indiana Honda dealers.

There are less than two weeks left in the NHL regular season and teams are jockeying for playoff seeding.

The Blackhawks have the best record in the Western Conference with 103 points. The Blackhawks' next two opponents, the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Columbus Blue Jackets, also have 103 points. Washington leads the league with 106 points.

Wednesday the Hawks will travel to Pittsburgh. Two days later they host the Blue Jackets.

After that, the Blackhawks take on the Boston Bruins on Sunday. Boston is in line for one of the final playoff spots in the Eastern Conference.

"There's no easy games from here on out." Konroyd said in the video. "Even teams on the outside, looking in are playing for contracts next year."

Watch the video above to see Boyle and Konroyd discuss the upcoming matchups for the Blackhawks.

Fast Break Morning Update: Blackhawks lose to Lightning in OT

Fast Break Morning Update: Blackhawks lose to Lightning in OT

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