Every hockey fan in Detroit remembers the euphoria that engulfed the Motor City when the Detroit Red Wings won the Stanley Cup in 1997, the team's first in 42 years.

After ending such a long championship drought, hundreds of thousands of fans celebrated at a parade celebrating the victory.

Days later, that euphoria sank and turned to despair and prayers after hockey fans learned that Vladimir Konstantinov, Sergei Mnatsakanov and Slava Fetisov suffered injuries in an accident on June 13 when the driver of a rented limousine drove onto a median of Woodward Avenue and struck a tree.

Konstantinov and Mnatsakanov suffered serious injuries. Konstantinov was in a coma and suffered brain injuries. Mnatsakanov was paralyzed from the waist down.

Konstantinov eventually began therapy with Polly Swingle, who was employed at the time at Detroit Medical Center. Konstantinov's recovery was slow.

His efforts to recover inspired his teammates in their pursuit of a second consecutive Stanley Cup in 1998. Detroit hockey fans remember that emotional moment seeing Steve Yzerman handing Konstantinov the Stanley Cup, and Konstantinov carrying it while in a wheelchair as his teammates pushed him around the ice.

Swingle remembers that, and while she isn't directly working with Konstantinov right now, she owns and runs a facility where Konstantinov still works on his recovery.