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Former NHL 1st round pick tragically passes away at just 42 years old

Gone way too soon. RIP.

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According to multiple online reports, former Chicago Blackhawks first round pick (19th overall in the 1995 NHL Entry Draft) Dmitri Nabokov has passed away at just 42 years old.

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The six foot, 2 inch, 215 pound centre played just 55 NHL games split between the Blackhawks and New York Islanders, but had a length career in Europe, playing mostly in the Russian Super League a predecessor to the modern day KHL.

No word yet on the exact cause of Nabokov’s death. Rest in peace.