BREAKING NEWS: Former NHL and EIHL Player Kaspars Astasenko passes away at 37

Tragic news, courtesy of the EIHL website, as Kaspars Astasenko, former member of the Tampa Bay Lightning of the NHL and the Belfast Giants of the EIHL, has died at the tender age of 37.

The Latvian played in many leagues, including the NHL, the AHL, the ECHL, the Danish league, the EHL, the EIHL, the IHL, Italy, Kazakhstan, Latvia, several Russian leagues, Slovakia, the Finnish SM-Liiga, and most recently the Finnish 4th Division.  He also represented his country at the World Juniors and the World Championships.

It is unknown yet what the cause of death is.

My thoughts go out to his loved ones and to all that knew him.

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