Art show features work of ex-Red Wing Konstantinov

Art by former Detroit Red Wings defenseman Vladimir

Konstantinov, who was left with disabling brain injuries following

a 1997 limo crash, is being displayed to raise funds for an

organization that supports people with such injuries.

The exhibition titled ”Animals and Inspiration” includes 42 of

his pieces and takes place Thursday night at Gallery U in the

Detroit suburb of Royal Oak, The Detroit News reported

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”We consider them folk art,” said Ashley Cook of Gallery U.

”They are lots of paintings of animals done in watercolors and

paint blots.”

Konstantinov was injured six days after he helped the Red Wings

win their first Stanley Cup in 42 years. His rehabilitation has

included attending the Universal Institute in Troy, which also

operates the gallery.

The exhibition illustrates Konstantinov’s expression through the

use of paint, dough, clay. Pieces include three-dimensional


Signed and framed artworks are available for purchase. Proceeds

will go to the Brain Injury Association of Michigan, a nonprofit

organization that provides services for those who suffer brain

injuries, their families and people who help them.

The gallery said Konstantinov’s family visited the gallery

before the exhibition and they have asked for privacy during the


Konstantinov, teammate Slava Fetisov and masseur Sergei

Mnatsakanov got into a limo after a team party at a golf course.

Traveling about 50 mph through the suburb of Birmingham shortly

before dusk, the limo veered across several lanes, jumped a curb

and slammed into a tree.

Fetisov escaped with relatively minor injuries and was able to

help the Red Wings repeat as champions the next season.

Konstantinov, who was comatose for more than five weeks

following the wreck, and Mnatsakanov both came away with brain

injuries. Konstantinov has made slow, steady progress over the

years in his rehabilitation.

The limo driver ended up spending time in jail.

Information from: The Detroit News,