Astasenko passes away

Former Latvian NHL player was 37 years old

23.11.2012
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The 2006 IIHF World Championship on home ice in Riga was one of the highlights of former Latvian national team and NHL player Kaspars Astasenko. Photo: Europhoto

RIGA – The Latvian Hockey Federation announced that former national team player Kaspars Astasenko passed away at the age of 37 years and expresses deepest condolences to the family that includes his father Janis Astasenko, who is a member of the LHF’s disciplinary committee.

Astasenko represented his country at several international events with the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City and the 2006 IIHF World Championship in his hometown of Riga as the career highlights. He also played at the 2001 IIHF World Championship and in two U20 World Championships (C-Pool) and one U18 World Championship (C-Pool) in the years after the restoration of Latvia’s independence.

At the top level he had one goal and three assists in 13 games for the men’s national team.

Astasenko started his career in his hometown of Riga before moving to Russia’s CSKA Moscow at the age of 20. Three years later he left for North America where he played for five seasons while accumulating 23 NHL games (one goal, two assists) for the Tampa Bay Lightning.

The defenceman returned to Europe where he played in Latvia, Finland, Denmark, Russia, Slovakia, Italy, Kazakhstan and Great Britain. He ended his career last season after playing in Riga and for Finnish fourth-tier team Muik Nykarleby.

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