Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Lokomotiv Yaroslavl 9.7.11

It is not the first time a flight accident of this magnitude has impacted a sports club, but it is the first time it has happened for hockey: an entire KHL team was decimated when its charter flight crashed on takeoff in Russia today, killing 44 of the 45 aboard the flight.

Players and coaches for the Lokomotiv Yaroslavl of the KHL, as well as several flight crew members, died in the crash. After a terrible year for hockey player deaths - 3 of them suicides - this is a staggering blow to the hockey community around the world. The hockey community has always been small, but tightly bonded; as a new season prepares to open, we struggle to make sense of the tragedies, and to help each other heal. On Twitter and on blogs, players and fans alike have aired their feelings of disbelief and shock.

When I heard about today's tragedy, my first thoughts were, perhaps not so oddly enough, of a film called We Are Marshall. The story the movie tells is a real-life disaster: in November of 1970, a small school named Marshall University lost its team and its coaches when the plane they were in crashed, killing 75 people aboard. An entire team, wiped out in an instant.

"Those were not welcome days. We buried sons, brothers, mothers, fathers, fiancés. Clocks ticked, but time did not pass. The sun rose and the sun set, but the shadows remained. When once there was sound, now there was silence. What once was whole, now was shattered. " - We Are Marshall

Too much heartache this year. Too many tears.

Покойся с миром. Rest in peace. 9/7/11

Edit, 9/9 - the following video has been released of the Minsk's team's memorial for the Lokomotiv team. This was held in lieu of the game that was supposed to take place between Dynamo Minsk and Lokomotiv Yaroslavl, in front of a full house. (For more details, see PuckDaddy)

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