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Who is Allah Rakha Rahman?

Who is Allah Rakha Rahman? The entertainment and music world knows him as A. R. Rahman, he an Indian composer, singer-songwriter, music producer, musician, multi-instrumentalist and philanthropist.[3] Described as the world’s most prominent and prolific film composer by Time,[4] his works are notable for integrating Eastern classical music with electronic music sounds, world music genres and traditional orchestral arrangements. He has won two Academy Awards, two Grammy Awards, a BAFTA Award, a Golden Globe, four National Film Awards, fifteen Filmfare Awards and thirteen Filmfare Awards South in addition to numerous other awards and nominations.
His extensive body of work for film and the stage earned him the
nickname “the Mozart of Madras” and several Tamil commentators and fans
have coined him the nickname Isai Puyal (English: Music Storm).[5] In 2009, Time placed Rahman in its list of World’s Most Influential People.[6] The UK based World Music magazine Songlines named him one of ‘Tomorrow’s World Music Icons’ in August 2011.[7]
Having set up his own in-house studio called Panchathan Record Inn at Chennai,
arguably one of Asia’s most sophisticated and high-tech studios,
Rahman’s film scoring career began in the early 1990s with the Tamil
film Roja. Working in India’s various film industries, international cinema and theatre, Rahman has reportedly sold more than 300 million records worldwide of his film scores and soundtracks as of 2009 for over 100 film scores worldwide, making him one of the world’s all-time top selling recording artists.[8][9][10]
In a notable career spanning two decades, Rahman has garnered
particular acclaim for redefining contemporary Indian film music and
thus contributing to the success of several films. Rahman is currently
one of the highest paid composers of the motion picture industry. He has
also become a notable humanitarian and philanthropist, donating and
raising money for beneficial causes and supporting charities.

Early life

A. R. Rahman was born as A. S. Dileep Kumar on January 6, 1966 in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India to a musically affluent Mudaliar Tamil family.[11] His father R. K. Shekhar, was a film music composer and conductor for Tamil as well as Malayalam films. Rahman used to assist his father during recordings and play keyboard
for the songs. Rahman lost his father at the age of 9 and his family
had to rent out his father’s musical equipment as their source of
income.[12] Rahman was raised by his mother Kareema (born Kashturi).[13]
During these formative years, Rahman served as a keyboard player and an
arranger in bands such as “Roots”, with childhood friend and
percussionist Sivamani, John Anthony, Suresh Peters, JoJo and Raja.[3] Rahman is the founder of the Chennai-based rock group, “Nemesis Avenue”.[14] He mastered various music instruments like Keyboard, Piano, Synthesizer, Harmonium and Guitar.
His curiosity in Synthesizer in particular, increased because, he says,
it was the “ideal combination of music and technology”.[citation needed]
He began early training in music under Master Dhanraj.[15][16]
At the age of 11, he started playing musical instruments in the
orchestra of Malayalam composer and a close friend of Rahman’s father, M. K. Arjunan.[17] Soon he started working with other composers such as M. S. Viswanathan, Ilaiyaraaja, Ramesh Naidu, Raj-Koti[16] and also accompanied Zakir Hussain, Kunnakudi Vaidyanathan and L. Shankar on world tours and obtained a scholarship with Trinity College, London, board of the Trinity College of Music.[13] Studying in Chennai, he graduated with graded examinations and a diploma in Western classical music via the college.[18] He was introduced to Qadiri Islam
when his younger sister fell severely ill in 1984. Subsequently, Rahman
along with other members of his family converted to Islam in 1989, when
he was 23 years old. He changed his name from A. S. Dileep Kumar to
Allah Rakha Rahman i.e. A. R. Rahman.[13][19]


Film scoring and soundtracks

When he was nine, Rahman accidentally played a tune on piano during
his father’s recording for a film, which R. K. Shekhar later developed
into a complete song, “Vellithen Kinnam Pol”, for the Malayalam film Penpada. This track credited to his father, was sung by Jayachandran and penned by Bharanikkavu Sivakumar.[20] His film career began in 1992, when he started Panchathan Record Inn,
a music recording and mixing studio attached to the backyard of his
house. Over time it would become the most advanced recording studio in
India,[21] and arguably one of Asia’s most sophisticated and high-tech studios.[22] He initially composed scores for documentaries, jingles for advertisements and Indian Television
channels and other projects. In 1987 Rahman, then still known as Dileep
got his first opportunity to compose jingles for new range of watches
being launched by Allwyn.[23] In 1992, he was approached by film director Mani Ratnam to compose the score and soundtrack for Ratnam’s Tamil film Roja.[21][24] The debut led Rahman to receive the Rajat Kamal (Silver Lotus) award for Best Music Director at the National Film Awards, an unprecedented win for a first-time film composer. Rahman has since been awarded the Silver Lotus three more times for Minsara Kanavu (Tamil) in 1997, Lagaan (Hindi) in 2002, Kannathil Muthamittal (Tamil) in 2003, the most ever by any composer.[25]

Roja’s score met with high sales and acclaim in both its original and dubbed versions, led by the theme song “Chinna Chinna Aasai” bringing about a marked change in film music at the time. Rahman followed this with successful scores for Tamil–language films of the Chennai film industry including Ratnam’s politically charged Bombay, the urbanite Kadhalan, Thiruda Thiruda and S. Shankar‘s debut film Gentleman, spurred by the popular dance song “Chikku Bukku Rayile“.[26][27][28][29] Rahman worked with director Bharathiraaja‘s Kizhakku Cheemayile and Karuththamma, producing successful Tamil rural folk inspired scores and delivered the grand saxophonic score for K. Balachander‘s Duet.[30][31] The 1995 film Indira and the romantic comedies Mr. Romeo and Love Birds all gained him considerable notice.[32][33][34] His fanbase in Japan increased with Muthu ‘s success there.[35]
His soundtracks gained him recognition in the Tamil Nadu film industry
and around the world for his stylistic versatility incorporating Western classical, Carnatic and Tamil traditional/folk music traditions, jazz, reggae and rock music.[36][37][38][39] The soundtrack of Bombay sold 12 million copies worldwide.[40] The “Bombay Theme“—from Ratnam’s Bombay—would later reappear in his score of Deepa Mehta‘s Fire and various compilations and media around the world. It was featured in the Palestinian film Divine Intervention in 2002, and in the Nicolas Cage film Lord of War, in 2005. Rangeela, directed by Ram Gopal Varma, marked Rahman’s debut for Hindi-language films made in the Mumbai film industry.[41] Many successful scores for films including Dil Se.. and the percussive Taal followed.[42][43] Sufi mysticism would inspire the track “Chaiyya Chaiyya” from the former, as well as the composition “Zikr” from his score for the film Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose: The Forgotten Hero for which he created large symphonic orchestral and choral arrangements.[19] His score for the Chennai production Minsaara Kanavu garnered Rahman his second National Film Award for Best Music Direction in 1997, and a South FilmFare Award for Best Music Direction in a Tamil film,
breaking a record with six consecutive wins in the latter category.
Rahman would go onto win the award a further three consecutive times.
Musical cues in scores for Sangamam and Iruvar employed Carnatic vocals and instruments such as the veena with leads of rock guitar and jazz.[44] In the 2000s Rahman created hit scores for Rajiv Menon‘s Kandukondain Kandukondain, Alaipayuthey, Ashutosh Gowariker‘s Swades and Rang De Basanti.[45] He composed songs with Hindustani motifs for Water (2005). By the end of 2003, Rahman had sold more than 150 million records of his film scores and soundtracks for over 50 film scores worldwide.[10][40][46]
Rahman has worked with Indian poets and lyricists such as Javed Akhtar, Gulzar, Vairamuthu and Vaali. He has consistently produced commercially successful soundtracks when collaborating with particular film directors such as Mani Ratnam, who he has worked with since Roja, and the director S. Shankar in the films Gentleman, Kadhalan, Indian, Jeans, Mudhalvan, Nayak, Boys, Sivaji and lately for Enthiran.[47]
In 2005, Rahman extended his Panchathan Record Inn studio by establishing AM Studios in Kodambakkam, Chennai, thereby creating the most cutting-edge studio in Asia.[48][49] In 2006, Rahman launched his own music label, KM Music.[50] Its first release was his score to the film Sillunu Oru Kaadhal.[51] Rahman scored the Mandarin language picture Warriors of Heaven and Earth in 2003 after researching and utilizing Chinese and Japanese classical music,[52] and won the Just Plain Folks Music Award For Best Music Album for his score of the 2006 film Varalaru (God Father).[53] He co-scored the Shekhar Kapur project and his first British film, Elizabeth: The Golden Age, in 2007.[54] He garnered an Asian Film Award nomination for Best Composer at the Hong Kong International Film Festival for his Jodhaa Akbar score.[55] His compositions have been sampled for other scores within India,[56] and appeared in such films as Inside Man, Lord of War, Divine Intervention and The Accidental Husband. In 2008, Rahman scored his first Hollywood picture, the comedy Couples Retreat released the next year, which won him the BMI London Award for Best Score.[57] Rahman scored the film Slumdog Millionaire in 2008, for which he won a Golden Globe and two Academy Awards, becoming the first Asian to do so. The songs “Jai Ho” and “O…Saya
from the soundtrack of this film met with commercial success
internationally. In 2010, Rahman composed scores for the romance film Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa, blockbuster sci-fi romance film Enthiran and Danny Boyle‘s 127 Hours. Rahman started off the year 2011 by scoring Imtiaz Ali‘s musical film Rockstar. The soundtrack became a phenomenal success and earned Rahman immense critical praise.[58]

Performing and other projects

Rahman has been involved in several projects aside from film. Vande Mataram,
an album of his original compositions released on India’s 50th
anniversary of independence in 1997, enjoyed great commercial success.[59][60][61] Vande Mataram is the largest selling Indian non-film album to date.[62] He followed it up with an album for the Bharat Bala–directed video Jana Gana Mana, a conglomeration of performances by many leading exponents and artists of Indian classical music.[63]
Rahman has written jingles for ads and composed several orchestrations
for athletic events, television and internet media publications,
documentaries and short films.[64] He frequently enlists the Czech Film Orchestra, Prague and the Chennai Strings Orchestra.
In 1999, Rahman partnered with choreographers Shobana and Prabhu Deva and a Tamil cinema dancing troupe to perform with Michael Jackson in Munich, Germany at his “Michael Jackson and Friends” concert.[65] In 2002, he composed the music for his maiden stage production, Bombay Dreams, commissioned by musical theatre composer Andrew Lloyd Webber.[66] Finnish folk music band Värttinä collaborated with Rahman to write the music for The Lord of the Rings theatre production and in 2004,[25] Rahman composed the piece “Raga’s Dance” for Vanessa-Mae‘s album Choreography performed by Mae and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.[67]

Since 2004, Rahman has performed three successful world tours to audiences in Singapore, Australia, Malaysia, Dubai, the United Kingdom, Canada, the United States and India.[25][68] He has been collaborating with Karen David for her upcoming studio album. A two-disc soundtrack, Introducing A. R. Rahman (2006) featuring 25 of his pieces from Tamil film scores was released in May 2006,[69] and his non-film album, Connections was released on 12 December 2008.[70] Rahman also performed at the White House State dinner arranged by US President Barack Obama during the official visit of Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on November 24, 2009.[71] Rahman is one of over 70 artists who performed on “We Are the World 25 for Haiti“, a charity single to raise emergency relief funds in the wake of the 2010 Haiti earthquake.[72] In 2010, Rahman composed “Jai Jai Garvi Gujarat” in honor of the 50th anniversary of the formation of Gujarat State,[73]

Semmozhiyaana Thamizh Mozhiyaam” as part of World Classical Tamil Conference 2010,[74] and the official theme song of the 2010 Commonwealth Games, “Jiyo Utho Bado Jeeto“.[75] Rahman organised his first world tour, named A. R. Rahman Jai Ho Concert: The Journey Home World Tour,
in 2010. The ongoing tour was kicked off on June 11 at the Nassau
Coliseum in New York and will span 16 major cities worldwide.[76]
Some of his notable compositions were performed live by the London Philharmonic Orchestra in April 2010.[77] In February 2011, Rahman collaborated with Michael Bolton for his new studio album Gems – The Duets Collection.[78][79] Rahman reworked on his song “Sajna” from the 2009 American film Couples Retreat to create the track.[80]
On 20 May 2011, English musician Mick Jagger announced the formation of a new supergroup, SuperHeavy, which includes Dave Stewart, Joss Stone, Damian Marley, and Rahman.[81] The band’s self-titled album is slated for release in September 2011.[82]
The album will see Mick Jagger singing in Rahman’s composition
“Satyameva Jayate”, which translates to “the truth alone triumphs”.[83]
In January 2012, it was announced the German Film Orchestra Babelsberg would join KM Music Conservatory
musicians in a 100-member concert tour of five Indian cities performing
Rahman’s compositions. The tour, named “Germany and India 2011–2012:
Infinite Opportunities’. Classic Incantations”, will mark the centenary
of Indian cinema and of Studio Babelsberg, the world’s oldest film

Music style and impact

Skilled in Carnatic music, Western classical, Hindustani music and the Qawwali style of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan,
Rahman has been noted to write film songs that amalgamate elements of
these music systems and other genres, layering instruments from
differing music idioms in an improvisatory manner.[19][84] Symphonic orchestral themes have accompanied his scores, occasionally employing leitmotif. In the 1980s, Rahman recorded and played arrangements on monophonic sound, synonymous with the era of his musical predecessors K. V. Mahadevan and VishwanathanRamamoorthy.
In later years his methodology changed as he experimented with the
fusion of traditional instruments with new electronic sounds and
Rahman’s musical interests and outlook stem from his love of
experimentation. Rahman’s compositions, in the vein of past and
contemporary Chennai film composers, bring out auteuristic uses of counterpoint, orchestration and the human voice, melding Indian pop music with unique timbre,
forms and instrumentation. By virtue of these qualities, broad ranging
lyrics and his syncretic style, the appeal of his music cuts across the
spectrum of classes and cultures within Indian society.[86]
His first soundtrack for Roja was listed in Time‘s10 Best Soundtracks” of all time in 2005. Film critic Richard Corliss
felt the “astonishing debut work parades Rahman’s gift for alchemizing
outside influences until they are totally Tamil, totally Rahman.”[87] Rahman’s initial global reach is attributed to the South Asian diaspora.
Described as one of the most innovative composers to ever work in the
industry, his unique style and immense success transformed film music in
the 1990s prompting several film producers to take film music more
seriously.[88] The music producer Ron Fair considers Rahman to be “one of the world’s great living composers in any medium”.[89]
The director Baz Luhrmann notes

I had come to the music of A. R. Rahman through the emotional and haunting score of Bombay and the wit and celebration of Lagaan.
But the more of AR’s music I encountered the more I was to be amazed at
the sheer diversity of styles: from swinging brass bands to triumphant
anthems; from joyous pop to West-End musicals. Whatever the style, A. R.
Rahman’s music always possesses a profound sense of humanity and
spirit, qualities that inspire me the most.[90]

Rahman has introduced the 7.1 technology in south Indian movies to provide better output.[91]


Rahman was the 1995 recipient of the Mauritius National Award and the Malaysian Award for contributions to music.[92] He was nominated for a Laurence Olivier Award for his first West-End production. A four-time National Film Award winner and recipient of six Tamil Nadu State Film Awards, fifteen Filmfare Awards and thirteen Filmfare Awards South for his music and scores.[1] He has been conferred Kalaimamani from the Government of Tamil Nadu for excellence in the field of music, special music achievement awards from the Government of Uttar Pradesh and Government of Madhya Pradesh and the Padma Shri from the Government of India.[93] In 2006, he received an honorary award from Stanford University for contributions to global music.[94] In 2007, Rahman was entered into the Limca Book of Records as “Indian of the Year for Contribution to Popular Music”,[95] and the Guinness World Records in 2010 as the original composer of “Maa Tujhe Salaam”, from the album Vande Mataram – the song performed in the most number of languages worldwide (265).[96] He is the 2008 Lifetime Achievement Award recipient from the Rotary Club of Madras.[97] In 2009, for his score of Slumdog Millionaire, Rahman won the Broadcast Film Critics Association Award, the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score,[98] the BAFTA Award for Best Film Music, and two Academy Awards for Best Original Music Score and Best Original Song at the 81st Academy Awards. Rahman has received honorary doctorates from Middlesex University and Aligarh Muslim University.[99][100] Later the year Rahman was conferred the honorary doctorate from Anna University in Chennai.[101] He has also won two Grammy Awards, for Best Compilation Soundtrack Album and Best Song Written for a Visual Media.[102] Rahman was awarded the Padma Bhushan, India’s third highest civilian honor, in 2010.[103] Rahman’s work for the film 127 Hours
garnered him Golden Globe, BAFTA, and two Academy Award nominations for
Best Original Music Score and Best Original Song in 2011.[104][105][106] He is an Honorary Fellow of the Trinity College of Music, presented to him by Trinity College London.[107]
On May 7, 2012, he was conferred Honorary Doctorate from the Miami University, Ohio. During the acceptance speech, he mentioned that he received a Christmas card from the US President’s family and an invitation for the dinner at White House.[108]

Personal life

Rahman and his wife

He is married to Saira Banu and has three children, Khatija, Rahima, and Ameen.[109] Ameen sings the track “NaNa” from Couples Retreat and his daughter Khatija the track “Pudhiya Manidha” from Enthiran.[110][111] Rahman is the uncle of composer G. V. Prakash Kumar, who is the son of Rahman’s elder sister, A. R. Reihana.[112] Prakash Kumar’s first work in film was singing on the Rahman composition “Chikku Bukku Rayile” from his score to the 1993 film Gentleman.[113] A. R. Reihana debuted in film singing on the track “Vidai Kodu Engal Naadae” from Kannathil Muthamittal
and is also a music director. Rahman’s younger sister Fathima is in
charge of his Music conservatory in Chennai. The youngest Ishrath has
her own music studio.[114] A. R. Rahman is brother-in-law of film actor Rahman.[115]
An atheist through much of his childhood, in 1989 Rahman converted to
Islam, the religion of his mother’s family. After the early death of
his father, his family went through hard times and Sufism had a great influence on his mother and slowly on his family.[116][117] During the 81st Academy Awards ceremony, he paid tribute to his mother, saying “There is a Hindi dialogue, mere pass ma hai, which means ‘even if I have got nothing I have my mother here’.”[118] He also began his own catchphrase, “Ella pughazhum iraivanukke“, in Tamil
which literally means “All praises dedicated to God”. The phrase was
popularized after Rahman uttered it prior to his speech at the 81st
Academy Awards ceremony.[119]

Humanitarian work

Rahman is involved in various charitable causes. In 2004, he was appointed as the Global Ambassador of the Stop TB Partnership, a project by WHO.[25] He has shown support to charities including Save the Children, India, and worked with Yusuf Islam for his song “Indian Ocean”. The song featured a-ha keyboard player Magne Furuholmen and drummer Travis, Neil Primrose. The proceeds of the song went towards helping orphans in Banda Aceh, that was affected by the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami.[120] He produced the single “We Can Make It Better” by Don Asian alongside Mukhtar Sahota.[121] In 2008, Rahman opened his KM Music Conservatory
partnered with Audio Media Education facility to tutor and train
aspiring musicians in vocals, instruments, music technology and sound
design. The conservatory – with preeminent musicians on its panel and a
newly founded symphony orchestra – is located near his studio in Kodambakkam, Chennai, offering courses at Beginners, Foundation and Diploma level. Violinist L. Subramaniam is on its board of advisors.[122] Several of Rahman’s proteges from the studio have gone onto score music for feature films.[123] Rahman composed the theme music for a short film for The Banyan in 2006, in aid of destitute women in Chennai.[124] In 2008, Rahman with noted percussionist Sivamani created a song titled “Jiya Se Jiya”, inspired by the Free Hugs Campaign and promoted it through a video shot in various cities in India.[125]

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Daniil Sobchenko, Russian, world junior champion, died from a plane crash died he was 20

Danylo Yevhenovych “Daniil” Sobchenko was a Ukrainian-Russian professional ice hockey player. Born in Kiev, Sobchenko spent the entirety of his professional hockey career with Lokomotiv Yaroslavl of the Kontinental Hockey League died from a plane crash died he was  20.. He was a member of the Russian national team that competed in the IIHF World Championship‘s under 18 and under 20 levels; winning gold for the country in 2011. Sobchenko was drafted 165th overall in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft by the San Jose Sharks. He died along with most of the Lokomotiv team in a plane crash on the first day of the 2011–12 season.

(13 April 1991 – 7 September 2011)


On 7 September 2011, Sobchenko was killed when a Yakovlev Yak-42 passenger aircraft, carrying nearly his entire Lokomotiv team, crashed at Tunoshna Airport, just outside the city of Yaroslavl, Russia. The team was traveling to Minsk
to play their opening game of the season, with its coaching staff and
prospects. Lokomotiv officials confirmed that the entire main roster was
on the flight, including four players from the junior team.[1][2][3] The bodies of Ukrainian teammates Sobchenko and Vitali Anikeyenko were repatriated following the crash for burial in Ukraine.[4] The funeral was held on 10 September at Sovskom cemetery in Kiev.[5]

Career statistics

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2009–10 Lokomotiv Yaroslavl KHL 35 5 1 6 6 6 0 0 0 2
2010–11 Lokomotiv Yaroslavl KHL 16 1 1 2 4 17 0 1 1 18
KHL totals 51 6 2 8 10 11 0 1 1 16

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Ivan Tkachenko, Russian, died from a plane crash he was 31

Ivan Leonidovich Tkachenko  was a Russian professional ice hockey winger who played for Lokomotiv Yaroslavl of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL)  died from a plane crash he was 31. He was selected by the Columbus Blue Jackets in the 4th round (98th overall) of the 2002 NHL Entry Draft.

  (November 9, 1979 – September 7, 2011)


On September 7, 2011, Tkachenko was killed in the 2011 Lokomotiv Yaroslavl air disaster,
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.”


Three weeks after Tkachenko’s death information appeared in the Internet that during the last four years of his life he had anonymously donated almost 10 millions rubles (over 300,000 US dollars) for the treatment of children suffering from serious diseases. He transferred 500 000 rubles of this amount on the day before his death.

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Pavel Trakhanov, Russian, died from a plane crash he was 33.

Pavel Sergeyevich Trakhanov was a Russian professional ice hockey defenceman who played for Lokomotiv Yaroslavl of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) died from a plane crash he was 33.

(March 21, 1978 – September 7, 2011)


On September 7, 2011, Trakhanov was killed in the 2011 Lokomotiv Yaroslavl air disaster,
when a Yakovlev Yak-42 passenger aircraft, carrying nearly the 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.'”

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Josef Vašíček, Czech, world junior champion (2000), world champion (2005), Stanley Cup champion (2006, with Carolina Hurricanes), died from a plane crash he was 30.

Josef Vašíček  was a Czech professional ice hockey player  died from a plane crash he was 30.. Vasicek last played for Lokomotiv Yaroslavl of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) and died when the team’s aircraft charter crashed on 7 September 2011. Vasicek played seven seasons in the National Hockey League for the Carolina Hurricanes, Nashville Predators and New York Islanders before moving to Russia in 2008 to play for Yaroslavl.

(12 September 1980 – 7 September 2011)

HC Slavia Praha

Vasicek played with HC Slavia Praha
under 17 team in 1996–97, recording 20 goals and 60 points in 37 games.
In 1997–98, Vasicek moved up to the Praha’s junior team, where he had
13 goals and 33 points in 34 games. He was drafted by the Carolina Hurricanes in the fourth round, 91st overall pick in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft.
During the 2004-05 NHL lockout, Vasicek played with HC Slavia Praha,
scoring 20 goals and 43 points in 52 games to lead the club in scoring.
In seven playoff games, Vasicek had a goal and seven points.

Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds

After being drafted by the Carolina Hurricanes, Vasicek made the move to North America, and joined the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds of the OHL. in the 1998–99
season, Vasicek scored 21 goals and 56 points in 66 games, helping the
team to the playoffs. In five post-season games, Vasicek had three
He returned to the Greyhounds for the 1999–2000
season, as Vasicek improved his offensive numbers to 26 goals and 72
points in 54 games to finished second in team scoring. In the playoffs,
Vasicek had five goals and a team high 20 points in 17 games. Vasicek
was named to the third all-star team after the season.

Carolina Hurricanes

After having a solid training camp, Vasicek made the Carolina Hurricanes, and spent the entire 2000–01 season with the NHL team. Vasicek played in his first NHL game on 7 October 2000, getting no points in a 3–3 tie against the Washington Capitals. He scored his first NHL goal on 13 October 2000, beating Trevor Kidd of the Florida Panthers
in a 2–2 tie. Vasicek finished his rookie season with eight goals and
21 points in 76 games. He played in his first ever playoff game on 12
April 2001, scoring a goal against Martin Brodeur of the New Jersey Devils in a 5–1 loss. In six playoff games, Vasicek had two goals.
Vasicek improved offensively in 2001–02,
as in 78 games, he scored 14 goals and 31 points to finished seventh in
Hurricanes scoring. In the playoffs, Vasicek had three goals and five
points in 23 games, helping the Hurricanes to the 2002 Stanley Cup Finals, where they lost in five games to the Detroit Red Wings.
Vasicek had an injury plagued 2002–03
season, as he missed 25 games due to injuries. In 57 games played, he
had 10 goals and 20 points, as Carolina failed to make the playoffs. On
22 January 2003, Vasicek had his first multi-goal game in the NHL,
scoring twice against Olaf Kolzig of the Washington Capitals in a 5–3 loss.
He had his best NHL season with the Hurricanes in 2003–04,
as Vasicek appeared in all 82 games, scoring 19 goals and 45 points to
lead the team in scoring. Vasicek recorded his first NHL hat trick on 28 October 2003, scoring three goals against Vesa Toskala of the San Jose Sharks in a 3–0 victory. The Hurricanes struggled, and missed the playoffs for the second straight season.
During the 2004-05 NHL lockout, Vasicek returned to HC Slavia Praha,
where he scored 20 goals and 43 points in 52 games to lead that team in
scoring. In seven playoff games, Vasicek had a goal and seven points.
When the NHL resumed play in 2005–06, Vasicek returned to the Hurricanes. In a game on 11 November 2005 against the Florida Panthers,
Vasicek suffered a major knee injury, and remained out of the Carolina
lineup until 3 April 2006. In his first game back, Vasicek had two goals
and four points in a 6–5 win over the Washington Capitals.
Overall, Vasicek appeared in 23 games, scoring four goals and nine
points. In eight playoff games, Vasicek had no points, however, the
Hurricanes won the 2006 Stanley Cup Finals over the Edmonton Oilers. On 18 July 2006 the Hurricanes traded Vasicek to the Nashville Predators for Scott Walker.

Nashville Predators

Vasicek began the 2006–07 season with the Nashville Predators. He made his Predators debut on 5 October 2006, scoring a goal against Nikolai Khabibulin of the Chicago Blackhawks
in an 8–6 loss. Vasicek struggled with the Predators, as in 38 games,
he had four goals and 13 points. On 9 February 2007 the Predators traded
Vasicek back to the Carolina Hurricanes for Eric Belanger.

Carolina Hurricanes

Vasicek finished the 2006–07 with the Carolina Hurricanes. In his first game back with his original NHL club on 10 February 2007, Vasicek was held pointless in a 5–4 loss to the Minnesota Wild. He recorded his first point on 13 February 2007, recording an assist in a 2–1 win over the Los Angeles Kings, and scored his first goal with Carolina on 27 February 2007 in a 4–2 loss to the Ottawa Senators. Vasicek had a three point game with the Hurricanes on 17 March 2007, scoring a goal and two assists in a 7–2 win over the New Jersey Devils.
He finished the season with two goals and nine points in 25 games with
Carolina. After the season, Vasicek became an unrestricted free agent.

New York Islanders

On 15 August 2007, Vasicek signed a 1-year, $750,000 contract with the New York Islanders. He made his Islanders debut on 5 October 2007, scoring a goal against Ryan Miller of the Buffalo Sabres
in a 6–4 win. Vasicek had his most productive NHL season since 2003–04,
as he scored 16 goals and 35 points in 81 games. After the season,
Vasicek became an unrestricted free agent.

Lokomotiv Yaroslavl

Vasicek joined Lokomotiv Yaroslavl of the newly formed KHL for the 2008–09
season. In 56 games, Vasicek had 12 goals and 32 points, helping the
team to the playoffs. In 19 playoff games, Vasicek had five goals and 15
He returned to Yaroslavl for the 2009–10
season, as Vasicek improved his offensive numbers to 21 goals and 48
points to lead the team in scoring. In 17 playoff games, Vasicek had six
goals and 13 points.
In 2010–11,
Vasicek once again improved offensively, scoring 24 goals and 55 points
in 54 games, finishing second in team scoring and seventh in league
scoring. In 18 playoff games, Vasicek had a league high 22 points,
scoring seven goals and adding 15 assists, however, Yaroslavl lost in
the Western Conference finals.
Vasicek returned to the club for the 2011–12, however, he was killed in a plane crash with his teammates on 7 September 2011.

International career

Vasicek played in international hockey tournaments with the Czech Republic. He played in the 2000 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships held in Sweden, scoring a goal and four points in seven games as the Czech Republic won the Gold Medal. Vasicek then appeared in the 2003 IIHF World Championship held in Finland, scoring two assists in nine games as the Czech’s finished in fourth place. He played in one game at the 2004 World Cup of Hockey, getting no points, as his team won the Bronze Medal. At the 2005 IIHF World Championship played in Austria, Vasicek had a goal and two points, helping the Czech Republic to a Gold Medal. His next international appearance was at the 2009 IIHF World Championship held in Switzerland, as Vasicek had a goal and three points in six games, as the Czech Republic finished in sixth place. In the 2010 Winter Olympics held in Vancouver, Canada, Vasicek had no points in five games, as the Czech Republic finished in seventh place.


Vašíček was related by marriage to Buffalo Sabres left wing Thomas Vanek; Vanek’s brother is married to Vašíček’s sister.[1]


On 7 September 2011 Vašíček was killed when a Yakovlev Yak-42 passenger aircraft, carrying the 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 were killed.'”[2][3][4][5]

Awards and achievements

Medal record
Competitor for  Czech Republic
Ice hockey
World Championships
Gold 2005 Austria
World Junior Championships
Gold 2000 Sweden

Career statistics

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1998–99 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds OHL 66 21 35 56 30 5 3 0 3 10
1999–00 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds OHL 54 26 46 72 49 17 5 15 20 8
2000–01 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 76 8 13 21 53 6 2 0 2 0
2000–01 Cincinnati Cyclones IHL 3 0 0 0 0
2001–02 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 78 14 17 31 53 23 3 2 5 12
2002–03 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 57 10 10 20 33
2003–04 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 82 19 26 45 60
2004–05 HC Slavia Prague CzEx 52 20 23 43 42 7 1 6 7 10
2005–06 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 23 4 5 9 8 8 0 0 0 2
2006–07 Nashville Predators NHL 38 4 9 13 29
2006–07 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 25 2 7 9 22 0 0 0 0 0
2007–08 New York Islanders NHL 81 16 19 35 53
2008–09 Lokomotiv Yaroslavl KHL 56 12 20 32 81 19 5 10 15 20
2009–10 Lokomotiv Yaroslavl KHL 56 21 27 48 54 17 6 7 13 26
2010–11 Lokomotiv Yaroslavl KHL 54 24 31 55 34 18 7 15 22 16
NHL totals 460 77 106 183 311 37 5 2 7 14
KHL totals 166 57 78 135 169 54 18 32 50 62

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