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Plans for Rebuilding Locomotiv in Yaroslavl

From Dmitry Chesnokov at Puck Daddy:

This morning, the KHL’s Vice President Ilya Kochevrin spoke exclusively with Puck Daddy regarding the plans for the future of the League and for Lokomotiv.

“Our priority right now is also to keep hockey in Yaroslavl. We can tell you that more than 30 current active players who have played for Lokomotiv in their careers have announced that they want to come to Yaroslavl to play,” he said, “and the League is setting up an option where those players selected by the new head coach of Lokomotiv and will come to play there, their salary will be paid by their current KHL clubs, those where they are under a contract right now. At least for this season.”

You read that right: The KHL’s other franchises will fund the roster for Lokomotiv under the current option for the League.

“This will be done to alleviate the financial burden that Lokomotiv has right now because the team still has to pay out the entire contract of each player, coach and personnel who died yesterday. They just don’t have this sort of a budget,” Kochevrin continued.

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AHL All-Star Game Will Be Played In Atlantic Ciy

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (September 8, 2011) - American Hockey League President and CEO David Andrews announced today that the 2012 AHL All-Star Classic will be held at historic Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J., on Sunday, January 29 and Monday, January 30, 2012.

The first AHL All-Star event held outside an AHL city is being made possible through the partnership of the Atlantic City Convention & Visitors Authority, the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority, Caesars Entertainment and the American Hockey League.

“The American Hockey League is looking forward to working with Boardwalk Hall, the ACCVA, the CRDA and Caesars to make the 2012 AHL All-Star Classic a truly special event,” said Andrews. “The historic Boardwalk Hall will provide an incredible and appropriate backdrop for us to celebrate our league and our sport’s best young players.”

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A Dark Day

from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,

Mike Babcock couldn’t wait to walk in his front door and hug his three kids late Wednesday afternoon.

“I’m going to hang up on you,” Babcock told NHL.com as he rushed from his car into his house.

Only hours earlier, the coach of the Detroit Red Wings received a harsh reminder of how precious time with family—his wife Maureen and kids Allie, Michael and Taylor—actually is.

Babcock’s friend and former assistant coach Brad McCrimmon, along with one of his former players, Ruslan Salei, were among the at least 43 passengers that died in a plane crash near the city of Yaroslavl in Central Russia on Wednesday. The majority of the passengers on board were members of the Kontinental Hockey League team Lokomotiv.

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Bob McKenzie of TSN gives his thoughts on this tragic day, watch the video at TSN.

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The NHL And Teams Offer Condolences To Those Killed In The Air Tragedy

NEW YORK (September 7, 2011)—Gary Bettman, Commissioner of the National Hockey League, today released the following statement on the tragedy involving the Lokomotiv Yaroslavl hockey club:

“Though it occurred thousands of miles away from our home arenas, this tragedy represents a catastrophic loss to the hockey world—including the NHL family, which lost so many fathers, sons, teammates and friends who at one time excelled in our League. Our deepest condolences go to the families and loved ones of all who perished.”

 

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Words Are Just Hard To Come By

from RT.com,

Russia and the world’s top ice hockey officials and players were united in their reactions to the plane crash in Central Russia, which claimed the lives of almost the whole squad of Lokomotiv Yaroslavl, one of the KHL Western Conference leaders.

“This is an irretrievable loss,” said the head of the Russian Ice Hockey Federation, Vladislav Tretyak. “I still can’t believe what has happened. Our hockey has lost remarkable players and couches. This is a horrible tragedy in the history of the Russian sport. I express my condolences to the families and friends of the dead, as well as to all hockey fans.”

“It’s hard to speak minutes after such an awful tragedy,” said legendary Soviet player and CSKA president Vyacheslav Fetisov. “We must support the team and its supporters. We need to think over how to re-establish the club in Yaroslavl. Perhaps we could make a new round of the draft. The NHL has seen such examples when new teams were created.”

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Video- The Latest On The KHL Air Tragedy

via RT.com,

added 11:27am, from IIHF.com,

“This is a terrible tragedy for the global ice hockey community with some many nationalities involved,” said IIHF President René Fasel, who immediately called the Russian Ice Hockey Federation and KHL officials to offer condolences. “Our thoughts and prayers are with family and friends of the victims.”

“Despite the substantial air travel of professional hockey teams, our sport has been spared from tragic traffic accidents,” Fasel added. “But only until now. This is the darkest day in the history of our sport. This is not only a Russian tragedy, the Lokomotiv roster included players and coaches from ten nations.”

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Updated 1:18pm ET:

Gary Bettman, Commissioner of the National Hockey League, today released the following statement on the tragedy involving the Lokomotiv Yaroslavl hockey club:

“Though it occurred thousands of miles away from our home arenas, this tragedy represents a catastrophic loss to the hockey world—including the NHL family, which lost so many fathers, sons, teammates and friends who at one time excelled in our League. Our deepest condolences go to the families and loved ones of all who perished.”

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Breaking- KHL Air Tragedy

via Dmitry Chesnokov tweets,

A terrible tragedy in Russia. A charter plane carrying KHL’s Lokomotiv crashed. Only one person survived!

According to @plysenkov the plane crashed at takeoff. There were 37 people on board. Condolences to the #KHL and Lokomotiv.

The number of those perished is still being confirmed. Lokomotiv was on board. Its roster includes Vasyunov, Demitra, Salei, Skrastins…

added 9:14am, Locomotiv Roster.

added 9:18am, via RT.com,

Thirty-four people have died in a Yakovlev Yak-42 passenger plane crash near the city of Yaroslavl in Central Russia. The majority of victims were members of the local ice hockey team Lokomotiv.

The plane went down and caught fire shortly after taking to the air. The crash site is merely 500 meters from the runway.

The Yak-42 was on its way to the Belarusian capital Minsk and had 37 people on board, aviation authorities reported. The aircraft’s maximum capacity is 120 passengers and crew.

Several of the victims were foreign players for the club.

The three survivors are in a serious condition and have been taken to hospital.


added 9:27am
, An ongoing blog/story from SovSport (translated).

added 11:18am, A new KK post on this tragedy.

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Puckarinen Hits A Post

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The summer vacations are over, and kids are back in school, so the puck must be about to drop in Europe. And so it is. The KHL kicks off on Wednesday, the Swiss league on Thursday, and by the end of next week, all European major leagues will be under way for 2011-12.

The European Trophy has surely reached one of the main early objectives the founders had, which was to raise the awareness and prestige of the pre-season games. In five years, the eight-team strong (four from Sweden and Finland each) Nordic Trophy has grown into today’s European Trophy, a pre-season league with 24 teams from six different countries: Sweden, Finland, Germany, Austria, Slovakia, and the Czech Republic.

The last games of the European Trophy group stage are played on Tuesday, but we already know that three Swedish teams (Frölunda, Luleå, and Linköping), three Czech teams (Mountfield, Plzen, and Pardubice), one Finnish team (Jokerit), and EC Red Bull Salzburg will play for the championship in the Red Bulls Salute, the final tournament that will be played in Salzburg and Vienna in Austria.

 

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From NHL Player, To Owner, To Junior A Coach

from Charla Huber of the Victoria News,

Majority owner Len Barrie made his return as the head coach of the Victoria Grizzlies official on Friday.

The 42-year-old former NHL player, Tampa Bay Lightning​ owner and deposed Bear Mountain CEO has stepped into the top coaching slot of the junior A franchise.

Barrie assumed a coaching role during last season’s playoffs, when the squad struggled and lost against top-ranked Powell River Kings. Then-head coach Victor Gervais was made assistant after the Grizzlies were out of the playoffs in round 2.

“We have unfinished business and we want to win a championship,” Barrie said.

Barrie has demanding expectations for the team, which will see a number of new faces this season.

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Bill Stewart Returns To Coaching

from Tony Saxon of the GuelphMercury,

For the first time in 10 years, the one-time NHL defenceman and American Hockey League coach of the year will get to coach on home soil as an assistant with the Guelph Storm.

“It’s been 10 years. Am I a better coach? Definitely. Am I a better person? I’d like to think so,” Stewart, 54, said during training camp workouts at the Sleeman Centre Thursday.

The last time Stewart, 54, had an official capacity on a players’ bench on this continent was 1999-2000 when he guided the Barrie Colts to the Memorial Cup final.

While that Colts team was a success on the ice, it was widely regarded as a bit of a gong show off it.

It witnessed: an attempt to smuggle a Ukrainian player across the border in the luggage compartment of the team bus; a player charged with an on-ice assault; others with sexual assault; and a display of unsportsmanlike behaviour at the Memorial Cup in Halifax that included the team marching out of the official banquet.

Instead of propelling him to another shot at a professional job, the year in Barrie left Stewart as something of a persona non grata in Canada’s hockey world.

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