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Remembering Vladimir Tsyplakov

'He loved the game of hockey, was a total professional and played the game with a great deal of joy'

by LA Kings @LAKings / LAKings.com

Former LA Kings forward Vladimir Tsyplakov passed away at the age of 50.

"Vladimir Tsyplakov represented the LA Kings with tremendous pride for five seasons and was a wonderful teammate during his time in Los Angeles. He loved the game of hockey, was a total professional and played the game with a great deal of joy," the club said.

"Affectionately known as 'Sippy,' off the ice he was quiet yet affable. The Kings extend their condolences to Vladimir's entire family during this very difficult time."

Originally the club's third-round selection in the 1995 NHL Entry Draft, the Belarusian, born in Itna, Russia, made his NHL debut with the Kings during the 1995-96 campaign.

He played for the Kings from 1995 through 2000 and set career-highs during the 1997-98 season for games played (73), points (52), goals (18) and assists (34).

Tsyplakov played 261 total regular season games with the Kings and contributed 137 points. He also played in four postseason games with the club. In January 2000, he was traded to the Sabres for Buffalo's 8th round choice (Dan Welch) in the 2000 Entry Draft.

Tsyplakov represented Belarus at the 1998 and 2002 Olympic Games. He scored two goals and added six assists in 13 Olympic games.

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