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Team in remembrance of Lokomotiv Hockey Club

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On September, 7, 2011, a Russian jet carrying the Kontinental Hockey League’s Lokomotiv Yaroslavl crashed shortly after takeoff , killing 37 outstanding hockey players, coaches and staff.
The coach of the Yaroslavl Lokomotiv team, Brad McCrimmon, a Canadian who played 18 seasons in the N.H.L. between 1979 and 1997, died in the crash, along with Pavol Demitra, the captain of the Slovakian national team who played 16 seasons for the St. Louis Blues, Vancouver Canucks and three other N.H.L. teams. McCrimmon resigned as an assistant coach with the Detroit Red Wings last May to become Lokomotiv’s head coach. It was his first head coaching job in a professional league.
The disaster claimed the lives, as well, of Ruslan Salei, a 14-year N.H.L. veteran from Belarus; Karlis Skrastins, a Latvian who played 12 years in the N.H.L.; an assistant coach, Igor Korolev, a Russian who played 12 N.H.L. seasons; and Alexander Vasyunov, a Russian who played 18 games for the New Jersey Devils last season. Also among the dead were Aleksandr Karpovtsev, an assistant coach who played defense for the New York Rangers for five seasons, including 1994, when the team won the Stanley Cup, and the Swedish goalie Stefan Liv, who was on the Swedish national team that won the Olympic gold medal in 2006.
We will be running in memory of Russia's top elite team that gifted us with the most spectacular and enjoyable hockey for decades. At this point, when all of them are gone, the most we (and especially you!) can do is to support the families suffering from such a tragedy losing their sons, husbands and fathers. If you are not indifferent to, what president of the International Ice Hockey Federation called “the darkest day in the history of our sport”, please donate what you can. Every amount truly makes a difference.



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