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A Year Removed from Lokomotiv

A year ago, September 7, 2011, a YAK-42 airplane carrying the Lokomotiv Yaroslavl hockey team crashed shortly after takeoff, killing all members of the team and coaching staff. The hockey world was shocked, and Rene Fasel, president of the IIHF, called it the darkest day in hockey history.

We were all rocked hard to our cores. Contracts meant nothing. We now knew that several players that we knew and loved had passed away in an instant. Pavol Demitra, Stefan Liv, Jan Marek, Karel Rachunek, Ruslan Salei, Karlis Skrastins, Josef Vasicek and Alexander Yasyunov were most known for their service in the NHL.

Brad McCrimmon, longtime NHL defenseman and new coach of Lokomotiv, died be...

An Empty Seat On The Bus

Long bus rides, small crowds and the dreaded three games in three nights are all part of the package for players in the AHL. Last night the Bridgeport Sound Tigers played against the Norfolk Admirals losing another tough game falling 3-2 in a hard fought comeback attempt from a 2-0 deficit.

So once again it's back on the bus for another long ride to Wilkes-Barre Scranton and a 5 o'clock game against another tough opponent. This time, however, there will be an empty seat on the bus.

BLOG: Updates on Lokomotiv Yaroslavl Plane Crash

Yaroslavl, Russia - A Russian plane carrying KHL hockey team Lokomotiv Yaroslavl from Yaroslavl to Minsk has crashing killing at least 43 people and leaving one critically injured.  The plane is currently believed to have had on board the entire Lokomotiv roster including coaching staff.  Lokomotiv is a three time KHL champion taking gold in 1997, 2002, and 2003.  They finished third last season.

Please read the full article written by The Checking Line's own
Jordan Kuhns by clicking this link.


NOTE - This is a blog, all information is not official, and is gathered from various sources that are not confirmed.  I will try to post only i...