I was originally going to call this post “it’s been a year now since you were here now” because as we know, I enjoy using lyrics for my subject lines, but really. No one deserves Dashboard Confessionals on such a shitty day.
It’s been a year since an entire hockey team disappeared off the face of this earth. For most sports fans, this is completely unthinkable, but for me it was heartbreaking as well. Alexander Vasyunov, one of those kinds of Devils rookies that I always like but always end up fading away into obscurity (PL3), wasn’t able to do that. He died at the young age of 23.
The rest of the players and snippets of bio’s can be found here in Puck Daddy’s “Remembering the NHL stars of Lokomotiv Yaroslavl” from last year:
The defenseman (Karel Rachunek) played in the NHL from 2000-2008 with the Ottawa Senators, New York Rangers and New Jersey Devils. Patrik Elias of the Devils was close to Rachunek, and remembered him thusly:
“This is such a sad day. I knew six or seven of the guys on that team (Lokomotiv Yaroslavl),” Elias said. “I was closest to Karel. We played together on the Czech team during the lockout. And, of course, with the Devils.
“He was very easy-going. He had a tough time in New Jersey. I always felt hockey-wise he had a chance to be our best ‘D’ but it was tough for him. He didn’t talk much so some people got the wrong opinion of him, but everyone would tell you he was a great guy. He has two little kids. It’s so sad.”
Rachunek had played with Lokomotiv Yaroslavl on and off since 2002.
On the Slovak side of the coin, the biggest star lost was Pavel Demitra (who Zdeno Chara remembered during this years Worlds by wearing his jersey while getting his medal) and Puck Daddy has a video on the site taken during the 2005-2006 NHL season where it’s pretty much just Pavel, Jeremy Roenick and Luc Robitaille shooting the shit for 12 glorious minutes. Watch it here.
Last week, Team Malkin v Team Kovalchuk in Russia raised over $500,000 for families of the victims of the Lokomotiv plane crash.