Oilers playoff hero Petr Klima dead at 58

May 4 2023, 3:18 pm

On Thursday, the Edmonton Oilers announced the passing of former player Petr Klima at the age of 58.

“We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Oilers alum Petr Klima & extend our condolences to his family & all loved ones,” the organization wrote in a tweet.

Over his 13-season NHL career, Klima played nearly 800 games with the Red Wings, Oilers, Tampa Bay Lightning, Los Angeles Kings, and Pittsburgh Penguins.

Oilers fans especially remember the player’s triple-overtime heroics in Game 1 of the 1990 Stanley Cup Finals. Klima scored the game-winner after being benched for long stretches of the game.

ā€œI didnā€™t play too much; I sat on the bench for a couple of hours,ā€ said Klima after ending the longest game in Cup Finals history. ā€œBut I got a chance to play and to score.ā€

He and the Oilers ended up beating the Boston Bruins in five games to take home their fifth Stanley Cup in franchise history.

More to comeā€¦

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