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One year later, remembering the tragic Lokomotiv plane crash

Sep 7, 2012, 11:41 AM EDT

Lokomotiv air tragedy AP

A year ago today, the hockey world experienced one of its darkest days when a plane carrying the Lokomotiv Yaroslavl team crashed after failing to gain altitude on takeoff from the Yaroslavl airport in Russia. Forty-three passengers were killed that day, and one player, Alexander Galimov, died later in hospital. There was only one survivor, the flight engineer.

Among those killed were former NHL players Pavol Demitra, Ruslan Salei, Josef Vasicek, Karlis Skrastins, Karel Rachunek, Alexander Karpotsev, Igor Korolev, and the head coach of the team, Brad McCrimmon.

Following are three articles marking the one-year anniversary of the tragedy:

Pain has not faded for McCrimmon family (Craig Custance, ESPN)

Demitra remembered as a fun-loving jokester (Randy Sportak, QMI Agency)

How KHL’s Lokomotiv was reborn, one year after plane crash tragedy (Dmitry Chesnokov, Yahoo! Sports)

Sort of puts the NHL ‘s labor dispute into perspective, doesn’t it?

There are far more important things.

  1. redwingsfan999 - Sep 7, 2012 at 11:58 AM

    That was a sad day 4 hockey fans every where, I remember I was so shocked and sad when I figured out demitra and salei were on that plane

    • jimeejohnson - Sep 8, 2012 at 12:34 PM

      The ESPN link was excellent and touching. Best wishes to the McCrimmon family.

  2. rushledger - Sep 7, 2012 at 12:11 PM

    Horribly sad and tragic. I remember being very upset siting in class when I read the news.

  3. lvshark22 - Sep 7, 2012 at 1:24 PM

    I remember sitting in class and reading the news article on my computer. Hard to believe its been a year already. RIP Lokomotiv

  4. lsxphotog - Sep 7, 2012 at 2:05 PM

    I still have my “Love for Lokomotiv” band that was sold as donation at the first game of the year at some NHL arenas…haven’t taken it off. It hit home for me because of the “hockey family” feel and having met Pavol.

  5. phillyphann83 - Sep 7, 2012 at 10:05 PM

    and 43 reasons why the dispute needs to get resolved. Imagine if there was a lockout last year when this happened and 3 or 4 active NHL players were on that plane, such as Ovechkin, Sid, or Malkin, all of whom have said they’re going to play in the KHL if there’s a lockout. That’s not to slight the men who tragically lost their lives but you say it puts it in perspective? I think it magnifies it!

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