Michel Breistroff

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Michel Breistroff
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Born (1971-02-05)February 5, 1971
Roubaix, France
Died July 17, 1996(1996-07-17) (aged 25)
Long Island, New York,
United States
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 189 lb (86 kg; 13 st 7 lb)
Position Defence
Played for Ducs d'Angers
Playing career 1995–1996
Breistroff died on N93119, the Boeing 747–131 used for TWA Flight 800

Michel Breistroff (February 5, 1971 – July 17, 1996) was a French professional ice hockey defenceman.[1]

Breistroff was born in Roubaix, France. A graduate in anthropology from Harvard University, he died at 25 in the crash of TWA Flight 800 off Long Island, New York. He was playing professional ice hockey for French league team Ducs d'Angers at the time of his death. He also played with the France national team during the 1996 Men's World Ice Hockey Championships in Vienna.

As a passenger on TWA Flight 800, he was killed when the plane exploded shortly after takeoff in 1996.[2] His then-fiancee, Heidi Snow, subsequently created AirCraft Casualty Emotional Support Services ("ACCESS"), an American nonprofit support group, based in New York City, which helps surviving family members of aircraft crash victims.

Playing career


  1. ^ JOANNA SMITH RAKOFF, Mourning Rooms: The Skating Route, NYT, June 6, 2004.
  2. ^ One Last Moment for Michel Breistroff

External links

  • Biographical information and career statistics from Eliteprospects.com, or Eurohockey.com, or The Internet Hockey Database
  • Necrology on Time.com

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