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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.