It’s been five years since he lost his life in a tragic plane crash, but former Vancouver Canuck player Pavol Demitra is being remembered in a documentary that will get a screening in Vancouver.
Pavol Demitra: 38, will show once at the Rio Theatre on Monday, September 5th, at 7:00 PM.
It’s part of the “Heart of Europe 2016” festival.
The film is in Slovak, with English subtitles.
Local husband-and-wife, Pavol Hell and Heather Mitchell, worked to bring the film to Vancouver.
Mitchell says it’s important to note that the film is more than just a hockey movie – it also looks at the journey of Demitra, his wife, Maja, and their family.
“A thread that runs through the entire film is her journey from Slovakia, to the crash site of the plane, in which Pavol lost his life. And, through the journey, she’s telling her story; the story of their relationship, their family life, and their children, their time in Vancouver…that’s the really touching part of the film.”
Hell says when he first saw the film, he was inspired.
“About a year ago, I went to a film festival [in the Czech Republic], and I saw the film there, and I thought, hey – there’s another Slovak-Canadian connection. I’d like to make it possible to show in Vancouver.”
Demitra’s storied hockey career came to an end in September of 2011, when a plane crash killed him, the rest of the team, and most of the staff for that year’s Lokomotiv Yaroslavl roster.
Aside from his widow, he left behind two children, Lucas and Zahra.
Take a listen to the segment below:
The Reel Report: Just Breathe, Dont Breathe https://t.co/bm38uk2GoG
— Ria Renouf (@RiaCKNW980) September 2, 2016