September 08, 2011

Remembering The Players of Lokomotiv Yaroslavl

Needless to say, today is a terrible day for hockey. Yet another such day in a summer to forget.

The private jet carrying the Russian Kontinental Hockey League team Lokomotiv Yaroslavl crashed just after taking off, killing 43 or 45 people on board. The entire team perished, with the exception of Alexander Gailamov who was in critical condition with burns up to 90% of his body. A plane crew person also survived the crash. 

The Yaroslavl team featured several names familiar to National Hockey League fans. I spent the afternoon sharing my memories of the following former NHLers:

Remembering Ruslan Salei
Remembering Karlis Skrastins

Also, Alexander Vasylunov played 18 games with the New Jersey Devils last season, but returned to his native Yaroslavl this season.

Non NHL players who perished in the plane crash were Vitali Anikienko, Mikhail Balandin, Gennady Churilov, Robert Dietrich, Marat Kalimulin, Alexander Kalyanin, Andrei Kiryukhin, Nikita Klyukin, Stefan Liv, Jan Marek, Sergei Ostapchuk, Maxim Shuvalov, Pavel Snurnitsyn, Daniil Sobchenko, Ivan Tkachenko, Pavel Trakhanov, Yuri Urychev, Alexander Vyukhin, and Artem Yarchuk.

Here is the team's 2011 team photo (click to enlarge):

To make the tragedy even worse, there are reports that the mother of Sergey Ostapchuk died of a heart attack upon hearing of her son's death.

This is not the first time the sports world has had to deal with an air disaster. CBC has a list of notable sports air disasters.

CBC failed to include a notable hockey plane crash from 1948. I will have more on that plane crash here soon.


Anonymous said...

The hockey plane crash was on January 7, 1950 in Sverdlosk, now Yekaterinburg. All but 2 members of VVS Moscow were killed in the crash--they survived because they were not on that flight.

RIP Lokomotiv

Tiago Cardoso said...

Remembering Lokomotiv Yaroslavl

Russian Open Hockey Championship (since 1946)
3 Gold...Medal Winner (1996, 2001, 2002)
2 Silver Medal Winner (2007, 2008)
4 Bronze Medal Winner (1997, 1998, 2004, 2010)

The Last 10 Wins In KHL Playoffs 2010-11 Season

KHL 2011 Gagarin Cup Playoffs

Western Conference Quarterfinals

1 Lokomotiv Yaroslavl 4
8 Dinamo........Minsk 3

Game 1 - February 23, 2011 - Lokomotiv Yaroslavl 7 vs. 4 Dinamo Minsk

Game 4 - February 27, 2011 - Dinamo........Minsk 2 vs. 4 Lokomotiv Yaroslavl

Game 5 - March....01, 2011 - Lokomotiv Yaroslavl 2 vs. 1 Dinamo Minsk (OT)

Game 7 - March....05, 2011 - Lokomotiv Yaroslavl 6 vs. 1 Dinamo Minsk

Western Conference Semifinals

1 Lokomotiv Yaroslavl 4
7 Dinamo.........Riga 1

Game 1 - March....08, 2011 - Lokomotiv Yaroslavl 4 vs. 2 Dinamo Riga

Game 3 - March....12, 2011 - Dinamo.........Riga 4 vs. 8 Lokomotiv Yaroslavl

Game 4 - March....14, 2011 - Dinamo.........Riga 2 vs. 6 Lokomotiv Yaroslavl

Game 5 - March....16, 2011 - Lokomotiv Yaroslavl 5 vs. 4 Dinamo Riga (OT)

Western Conference Finals

1 Lokomotiv Yaroslavl 2
4 Atlant....Mytishchi 4

Game 4 - March....29, 2011 - Atlant....Mytishchi 2 vs. 4 Lokomotiv Yaroslavl
Sport 1 TV
(HD) Sport 1 TV

Game 5 - March....31, 2011 - Lokomotiv Yaroslavl 3 vs. 2 Atlant Mytishchi (OT)
Astonishing, Wonderful, Fantastic, Extraordinary!
Russia 2 TV
Lokomotiv Supporters' Passion

HC Lokomotiv all goals [HD]
KHL Playoffs 2010/11 - Gagarin Cup
Lokomotiv Forever!



Rest in peace HC Lokomotiv

HC Lokomotiv Video Tribute (HD)

Lokomotiv Yaroslavl - Remembering, love, mourn!

Lokomotiv YaroslavL | HD | We'll Never Forget!

Lokomotiv Yaroslavl R.I.P. []

Lokomotiv - Eternal Memory []

R.I.P Lokomotiv Yaroslavl! [HD]

The NHL Mourns All Who Were Lost

Tribute by the NHL for those who lost their lives, Players of the Lokomotiv Yaroslavl

Lokomotiv Yaroslavl In Memory

Goodbye, Lokomotiv! Video of heartbreaking farewell ceremony on ice

Ceremony in Minsk for Lokomotiv

Requiem night in Minsk

Video of Lokomotiv home stadium memorial for killed hockey players

Requiem for a Team: Over 100,000 say farewell to Lokomotiv on home ice

Karel Rachunek, Jan Marek, Josef Vasicek - Tribute Video

Pavol Demitra and Czech Players in memories, R.I.P - 7.9.11

Alexander Galimov RIP

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