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The Carolina Hurricanes lost a family member in the tragic plane crash last week, which wiped out the entire Lokomotiv Yaroslavl team. Josef Vasicek, who played 347 regular season games and 37 Stanley Cup playoff games with the Canes, was among the dead.
When the Hurricanes were a very bad team, he was playing his best hockey, leading the team in goals (19) and points (45) in the 2003-04 season. He always gave his best, and although he was scratched for most of the 2006 playoffs, he was there and he got his name etched on Lord Stanley’s Cup. He was never the most talented player, but he worked hard and he never complained His attitude on and off the ice endeared him to the fans and players.
Now, he’ll be honored by the team where he spent the bulk of his NHL career. Before the home opener on October 7, fans will be treated to a Josef Vasicek video tribute. There will also be a tribute to him in the players’ lounge. In addition, the players will wear a patch in his honor all season long. This presumably, will be similar to the patch players wore on their left shoulder in the 1999-2000 season to honor defenseman Steve Chiasson, who was killed in a car crash. That patch was simply a red 3 in a black circle. This will likely be a red 63 in a black circle.
It’s a horrible day in the neighborhood. It’s already been a brutal summer for hockey fans. Derek Boogaard, Rick Rypien and Wade Belak, known for their roles as enforcer, all died this summer. All had played as recently as the 2010-11 season. Today, there was a huge tragedy when the entire KHL team Lokomotiv Yaroslavl were lost in a Russian plane crash. Two passengers survived the crash, which occurred shortly after takeoff. All but one Lokomotiv player died. The surviving player, Alexander Galimov, is in serious condition, with burns to over 80% of his body. This is, by far, “the darkest day in the history of our sport”, said Rene Fasel, president of the IIHF.
Today was opening day in the KHL. Only one game was on the docket, and it was in progress at the time of the crash. The league suspended the game and will postpone games scheduled for tomorrow.
Among the dead are several former NHL players. Closest to home, this list includes Josef Vasicek, who would have turned 31 on Monday. He played the majority of his career with the Hurricanes. The entire hockey-loving world is in shock, and I’d be a fool to suggest that this hits us any harder. While we mourn the loss of 43 people, we knew and loved Josef Vasicek, so we mourn especially for him.