TULSA, OK – Former Tulsa Oilers forward Sasha Lakovic died Tuesday from complications of an inoperable brain tumor. He was 45 years old.

Lakovic was diagnosed with the tumor last year.

Nicknamed “pitbull”, Lakovic played one season for Tulsa in 1994-95. In that season the East Vancouver, BC native played 40 games for the Oilers, who at the time were competing in the now-defunct Central Hockey League.

He also played for 14 other minor league teams in the ECHL, IHL, and AHL in a career that spanned a dozen years and over 100 fights.

He scored 20 goals and 24 assists for 44 points and 214 penalty minutes.

He saw action in the NHL after his stint in Tulsa, first with the Calgary Flames in 1996-97 and the New Jersey Devils in 1997-98 and again the following season in 1998-99.

Following his hockey career, Lakovic played Russian captain Boris Mikhailov in the 2004 movie Miracle alongside former Oiler Mike MacWilliam.

Lakovic is survived by his wife and four children.

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