I also learned that he was the recipient of a nasty elbow to the head, thanks to a Red Wing during the 2004 Stanley Cup playoffs. The injury kept him off the ice for many months. Sadly, it would be the first in a long line of concussions and upper-body injuries.
And later that season he was traded to the Phoenix Coyotes, a mere 6-hour drive from the Ponda. I adopted the Yotes as my second team, and drove out to my first PHX game in the fall of 2009 (home opener vs CBJ).