Darkest Day Ever For Hockey

Ice hockey has suffered it’s worst summer ever. On 7th September a chartered plane carrying the professional ice hockey team and coaching staff of Lokomotiv Yaroslavl of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL), crashed near Yaroslavl, Russia. The team was on its way to Minsk, Belarus, in order to start the 2011–12 KHL season.  All players from the main roster plus four from the farm team were on board the aircraft, which struck a tower mast, caught fire and crashed shortly after take-off, 2.5 km (1.6 mi) from Tunoshna Airport. Preliminary reports say that all but two people (one player and one crew member) who were on board are confirmed dead. René Fasel of the International Ice Hockey Federation called the crash “the darkest day in the history of our sport.”

My heart goes out to the families of the dead. Among the more famous names are Salei & Demitra, players who I have watched on more than a few occasions. RIP to all on the plane

  • Vitali Anikienko, 24, Ukranian
  • Mikhail Balandin, 31, Russian
  • Gennady Churilov, 24, Russian
  • Pavol Demitra, 36, Slovakian
  • Robert Dietrich, 25, German
  • Marat Kalimulin, 23, Russian
  • Alexander Kalyanin, 23, Russian
  • Alexander Karpovtsev, 41, Russian
  • Andrei Kiryukhin, 24, Russian
  • Nikita Klyukin, 21, Russian
  • Igor Korolev, 41, Russian
  • Stefan Liv, 30, Polish-born Swede
  • Jan Marek, 31, Czech
  • Brad McCrimmon, 52, Canadian
  • Sergei Ostapchuk, 21, Belarusian
  • Karel Rach?nek, 32, Czech
  • Ruslan Salei, 36, Belarusian
  • Maxim Shuvalov, 18, Russian
  • K?rlis Skrasti?š, 37, Latvian
  • Pavel Snurnitsyn, 19, Russian
  • Daniil Sobchenko, 20, Russian
  • Ivan Tkachenko, 31, Russian
  • Pavel Trakhanov, 33, Russian
  • Yuri Urychev, 20, Russian
  • Josef Vaší?ek, 30, Czech
  • Alexander Vasyunov, 23, Russian
  • Alexander Vyukhin, 38, Ukranian
  • Artem Yarchuk, 21, Russian


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