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Lokomotiv Won’t Play Again This Season

via RT.com,

As Yaroslavl has been paying final tributes to its fallen hockey team, the club’s promoters have held a briefing after which it was officially announced that Lokomotiv will not participate in the upcoming KHL season.

On Saturday, the Russian Railways President Vladimir Yakunin, Yaroslavl Region Governor Sergey Vakhrukov and the club’s president Yury Yakovlev met in Yaroslavl to discuss the future of Lokomotiv.

“The main priority now is to take care of the relatives and to pay last tribute to the late players and staff. The other aim is to re-build a competitive team,” Yakovlev stressed, adding, “This will take some time as well as requiring human resources. But we are determined to resume participation in the KHL in 2012.”

Earlier it was reported more than 30 KHL players had already expressed a wish to join the new Lokomotiv.

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Baroque's avatar

This is a good idea, I think. Trying to rebuild the team right away might seem hasty to some of the family and friends. Taking some time to support those left behind by the deaths and then focusing on rebuilding the team will be less stressful for everyone. There isn’t a need to rush into it.

I can understand why the initial idea was to rebuild immediately. The first urge was just to fix everything that hurt RIGHT NOW and try to make the pain start to go away, but that doesn’t generally work. They need time to mourn, and a gap before rebuilding the Locomotiv team will give them that.

Posted by Baroque from Michigan on 09/10/11 at 01:11 PM ET

UMFan's avatar

I can understand the decision. Tough call really. For me, if this had happened to a team I rooted for, I think I’d like a team to play the season. If Yaroslavl is like a lot of cities in the US, the citizens of that city get part of their identity from their team. Rallying around a new team could help the healing process.

Posted by UMFan from Denver, Colorado on 09/10/11 at 02:33 PM ET

Baroque's avatar

It could help, but some might also feel it was a rush, like if a well-loved family dog dies and two days later someone gives the family a brand new puppy. They might not be ready yet.

I think that on balance, waiting longer than some people might prefer is less emotionally difficult than putting together a team quicker than some others might think is seemly. Add in the logistic challenge of assembling a team from scratch within a week and waiting is the best of a few equally painful options.

Posted by Baroque from Michigan on 09/10/11 at 10:10 PM ET

UMFan's avatar

Well my thinking was of 9/11 and New York, particularly the Yankees. Though comparing 9/11 to the plane crash in Russia may seem a bit out there, both are tragic events that impacted communities. Its just he way citizens of a city tend to turn to sports in tough times that I thought of. Of all the crap that New York had to deal with, the Yankees were there and seemed to lift not only the spirit of a city but a country. Its something I’ve never seen before and I think that if the team played the season, I think the healing process would have been better. The city now basically has to wait until next year to deal with the loss. Again, tough call but I’m not sure it was the right one to make.

Posted by UMFan from Denver, Colorado on 09/11/11 at 04:02 AM ET

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