21 December 1980|
|Died||7 September 2011
|Height||6 ft 0 in (183 cm)|
|Weight||185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)|
Grand Rapids Griffins
|NHL Draft||102nd overall, 2000
Detroit Red Wings
|Men's ice hockey|
Stefan Daniel Patryk Liv (born Patryk Śliż; 21 December 1980 – 7 September 2011) was a Polish-born Swedish professional ice hockey goaltender. Liv played professionally in Sweden, North America and Russia. Liv played nine seasons for HV71 in the top-tier league in Sweden. He played one season of minor league hockey in North America and then returned to Europe. Upon his return, he played three seasons in Sweden, then moved to Russia in 2009.
Stefan Liv was a member of Lokomotiv Yaroslavl of the KHL when he died, along with the rest of his team in a plane crash. He was a member of several Swedish national teams, including the 2006 Olympic championship team. A street in Jönköping, named "Stefan Livs gata" (English: Stefan Liv's street), was named in his honor on 2 August 2013.
Liv was the starting goaltender for HC Sibir and was often chosen for the Swedish national team. On 22 December 2005, he was named as third goaltender to Team Sweden for the 2006 Winter Olympics. He wore the goaltender's glove on his left hand. He was agile, quick in moving from side to side and skilled with close-range shots, and his unorthodox style reminded some of Dominik Hašek.
Liv played his first Elitserien game in Sweden on 18 January 2000 in Jönköping for HV71 against Luleå HF. His first national appearance was in a match against the Czech Republic, also in Jönköping, on 9 November 2000. Liv was drafted in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft by the Detroit Red Wings in the third round, 102nd overall.
Liv signed a one-year contract with the Red Wings in May 2006, but started season 2006–07 playing for the Grand Rapids Griffins of the American Hockey League (AHL). He was recalled by the Red Wings on 17 November 2006. On 26 November 2006, Liv was back with the Grand Rapids Griffins playing against Houston Aeros. Two days later, Liv was assigned to the Toledo Storm in ECHL when the Grand Rapids Griffins recalled goalie Logan Koopmans. He was later recalled by Grand Rapids Griffins.
After one season with the Detroit Red Wings' organization, playing mostly for Grand Rapids, totaling a save percentage of .895 over 34 games, he signed a three-year contract with his former Swedish club HV71. He continued the 2007–08 season by winning the Swedish Championship and was awarded the Guldpucken as the Player of the Year in the Elitserien. Season 2009-10 Liv played again at HV71, and he was selected to Sweden's Olympic team for Vancouver Olympics 2010, where he was third goalie after New York Rangers' Henrik Lundqvist and Toronto Maple Leafs' Jonas Gustavsson. Season 2010-11 Liv played at Sibir Novosibirsk in KHL, and was selected to the 2011 KHL All-star game. For season 2011–12 Liv moved to Lokomotiv Yaroslavl.
On 7 September 2011, Liv was killed when a Yakovlev Yak-42 passenger aircraft, carrying nearly his entire Lokomotiv team, crashed just outside Yaroslavl, Russia. The team was traveling to Minsk to play their opening game of the season, with its coaching staff and prospects. Lokomotiv officials said "'everyone from the main roster was on the plane plus four players from the youth team.'"
As a result of Liv's death, the premier round games of the 2011–12 Elitserien season, between 13–15 September, began with a one-minute silence. In honour, his No. 1 jersey was retired and raised to the rafters by HV71 in Kinnarps Arena prior to HV71's home game against Timrå IK on 10 January 2012. To remember Liv throughout the 2011–12 season, all player jerseys in HV71's team carried number 1 on the front. On 10 September 2011, over 10,000 fans of HV71 attended Kinnarps Arena, HV71's home arena, to honor Stefan Liv.
In their 2011 season opener, each member of the Detroit Red Wings wore a patch bearing "BM*RS*SL" to honor the memories of Liv, Lokomotiv coach Brad McCrimmon, and defenseman Ruslan Salei. Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard also paid a personal tribute to the three men on the back of his mask. Liv and Howard had shared goaltending duties during Liv's season with the Grand Rapids Griffins.
- Nominated to the Elitserien Rookie of the Year in 2001.
- Named to the Elitserien All-Star Game in 2002.
- Bronze medal at the Ice Hockey World Championships in 2002.
- Awarded the Honken Trophy (Swedish Goaltender of the Year) in 2002.
- Silver medal at the Ice Hockey World Championships in 2004.
- Elitserien playoff winner with HV71 in 2004, 2008 and 2010.
- Gold medal at the Winter Olympics in 2006.
- Gold medal at the Ice Hockey World Championship in 2006.
- Awarded Guldpucken (Swedish Player of the Year) in 2008.
- Named to the Swedish All-Star Team in 2008.
- Elitserien playoff silver medal with HV71 in 2009.
- Bronze medal at the Ice Hockey World Championships in 2009.
- Elitserien record for shutouts in playoffs (5) — (four during the finals)
- Elitserien record for career shutouts (37)
- HV71's club record for total minutes played (13,231)
- HV71's club record for shutouts in a season (6)
- HV71's club record for career GAA (2.17)
|2006–07||Grand Rapids Griffins||AHL||34||15||15||0||1,893||95||2||3.01|
Liv has played for Sweden in:
- 2002 World Championships (bronze medal)
- 2004 World Championships (silver medal)
- 2005 World Championships
- 2006 Winter Olympics (gold medal)
- 2006 World Championships (gold medal)
- 2008 World Championships
|Senior int'l totals||8||6||2||0||478||12||3||1.51|
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- Lunquist, Henrik (2008-05-11). "Guldpucken to Stefan Liv". European Hockey.Net. Retrieved 2008-06-05.
- "First pictures from the crash of Yak-42 near Yaroslavl". Lifenews.ru. 2011-09-07. Retrieved 2011-09-07.
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- Tobias Josefsson (9 September 2011). "Elitserien hedrar de omkomna i flygkatastrofen" (in Swedish). Svenska hockeyligan. Retrieved 9 September 2011.
- "Stefan Livs tröja hissas den 10 januari". hv71.se (in Swedish). HV71. 2011-12-16. Archived from the original on 2012-06-07. Retrieved 2011-12-18.
- Victorzon and Ekeliw (2011-09-08). "Stefan Livs tröja hissas av HV71" (in Swedish). Aftonbladet. Retrieved 2011-09-09.
- Sebastian Mattsson (2011-09-09). "Klart: HV 71 får spela i Livs nummer". Expressen. Retrieved 2011-09-09.
- "Fin minnesstund för Liv" (in Swedish). Hockeykanalen. 2011-09-10. Retrieved 2011-09-10.
- Gunilla Bunnvik (2011-10-02). "Stefan Liv begravdes i Jönköping på söndagen" (in Swedish). Jönköpingsnytt. Retrieved 2011-10-02.
- Carl Juborg (2011-10-02). "Vännernas sista farväl av Stefan Liv" (in Swedish). Expressen. Retrieved 2011-10-02.
- "Stefan Liv – player profile and career stats". European Hockey.Net. Retrieved 2008-04-18.
- "2006–07 Regular Season – Grand Rapids Griffins – Goalies". theahl.com. Archived from the original on 2006-12-14. Retrieved 2006-11-29.
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