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.

2 comments:

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
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o_cQAqs4O4E

Game 4 - February 27, 2011 - Dinamo........Minsk 2 vs. 4 Lokomotiv Yaroslavl
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eMH8hV6xYpE

Game 5 - March....01, 2011 - Lokomotiv Yaroslavl 2 vs. 1 Dinamo Minsk (OT)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p1Je2G0cUQg

Game 7 - March....05, 2011 - Lokomotiv Yaroslavl 6 vs. 1 Dinamo Minsk
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uW5ZGhOrLY0

Western Conference Semifinals

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

Game 1 - March....08, 2011 - Lokomotiv Yaroslavl 4 vs. 2 Dinamo Riga
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nblD-_N7nYQ

Game 3 - March....12, 2011 - Dinamo.........Riga 4 vs. 8 Lokomotiv Yaroslavl
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wTt91LZMySM

Game 4 - March....14, 2011 - Dinamo.........Riga 2 vs. 6 Lokomotiv Yaroslavl
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ffb67sOJsvU

Game 5 - March....16, 2011 - Lokomotiv Yaroslavl 5 vs. 4 Dinamo Riga (OT)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uDW76R7asaI

Western Conference Finals

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

Game 4 - March....29, 2011 - Atlant....Mytishchi 2 vs. 4 Lokomotiv Yaroslavl
KHL TV
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U4kDvJjpI90
Sport 1 TV
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4MX2Whw15jM
(HD) Sport 1 TV
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cb_89_w-_b4

Game 5 - March....31, 2011 - Lokomotiv Yaroslavl 3 vs. 2 Atlant Mytishchi (OT)
Astonishing, Wonderful, Fantastic, Extraordinary!
Russia 2 TV
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uRUO9bqZ64o
KHL TV
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kWgsIkcJdTw
Lokomotiv Supporters' Passion
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LI8E3K8JLNs

HC Lokomotiv all goals [HD]
KHL Playoffs 2010/11 - Gagarin Cup
Lokomotiv Forever!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uugp9eKhDfg

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Tributes

Rest in peace HC Lokomotiv
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uuwBIMV51wo

HC Lokomotiv Video Tribute (HD)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=emqug0_8AFU

Lokomotiv Yaroslavl - Remembering, love, mourn!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O0YDVMjhcag

Lokomotiv YaroslavL | HD | We'll Never Forget!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lkx-Qx7i4ZE

Lokomotiv Yaroslavl R.I.P. [KHL.ru]
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hctcadrv9WI

Lokomotiv - Eternal Memory [FHR.ru]
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PJJGd9UePT8

R.I.P Lokomotiv Yaroslavl! [HD]
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hJ7D_yf0cSg

The NHL Mourns All Who Were Lost
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yExdSjhTfWs

Tribute by the NHL for those who lost their lives, Players of the Lokomotiv Yaroslavl
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F941EuGbGGE

Lokomotiv Yaroslavl In Memory
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Elk34IuEqA

Goodbye, Lokomotiv! Video of heartbreaking farewell ceremony on ice
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=skjCrstMNWc

Ceremony in Minsk for Lokomotiv
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AI8YPm_tYXA

Requiem night in Minsk
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5g8_I53wdPQ

Video of Lokomotiv home stadium memorial for killed hockey players
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P1rCUjsLJFU

Requiem for a Team: Over 100,000 say farewell to Lokomotiv on home ice
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-tHlEg7QlR8

Karel Rachunek, Jan Marek, Josef Vasicek - Tribute Video
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8R6TsQJdmkA

Pavol Demitra and Czech Players in memories, R.I.P - 7.9.11
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JO00zGGJRj8

Alexander Galimov RIP
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XbNE1PfBlug

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