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.

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.