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Ducks honor Ruslan Salei as family marks franchise's march to the Stanley Cup

Ducks honor Ruslan Salei as family marks franchise's march to the Stanley Cup

Ruslan Salei occupies a special place in Ducks history.

In addition to being a well-liked player, the defenseman memorably scored the overtime goal in Game 3 of the 2003 Stanley Cup Finals for the Ducks’ first win of the series.

He died in a 2011 plane crash with the Lokomotiv Yaroslavl team of the Kontinental Hockey League.

But there is a photo of Salei directly across from the entrance to the Ducks’ locker room. His family still lives in Orange County, and the Ducks honored Salei’s memory Thursday by having his widow, Beth Ann, and his children — Alexis, Sandro and Ava — take part in a new player-alumni ceremony the franchise implemented for the current...

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