Russia & Dynamo Minsk’s Moving Memorial Tribute to Lokomotiv Yaroslavl Team Who Tragically Died in a Plane Crash.

An astounding beautiful and emotional tribute for these players tragically killed which included three of our former Detroit Red Wings.

You don’t have to understand one word of Russian the video speaks for itself.

How can you watch this without tears flowing even if you never watched hockey one day in your life. The Dynamo Minsk players and Russia are a class act for this memorial. NHL teams as well will pay homage.

But nothing can or will be as moving as the Russia’s Kontinental Hockey League’s.

The Dynamo players shot the pucks from each player that would of been their opponent into their own net to portray a defeat to the Lokomotiv team that perished on Wednesday. Later, flowers were placed inside the goals in their memory.

So many of the players and coaches who died in this crash had played on NHL teams. And each of the city’s and teams they played with is feeling this huge loss.


Brad McCrimmon, 52 who played with 6 different NHL teams throughout his 18 year career was an assistant coach for the Detroit Red Wings last year. McCrimmon only took the head coaching job with Yaroslav this spring after parting ways with the Wings solely because of his desire to be a head coach. His wife and his two children still live in suburban Detroit.

Ruslan (Rusty) Salei, 36: defenceman played 13 years with the Anaheim Ducks but in his 14th last season he was a Detroit Red Wing.

Stefan Liv, 30: Goaltender who was taken by Detroit in the fourth round of the 2004 NHL draft, never played an NHL regular-season game before returning to Sweden in 2007. He played a year in Grand Rapids.

Pavol Demitra (Slovakia), who spent eight seasons with the St. Louis Blues is being mourned by the city. Other teams he played with were (Ottawa, Minnesota & Vancouver). Other NHL players and coaches who died in this crash include:

Josef Vasicek (Carolina, Nashville, NYI), Karel Rachunek (Ottawa, NJ, NYR), Daniel Tjarnqvist (Colorado), Karlis Skrastins (Nashville, Colorado, Florida, Dallas) and Alexander Vasyunov (NJ).

McCrimmon’s assistant coaches Alexander Karpovtsev (NYR, NYI, Toronto, Chicago, Florida) and Igor Korolev (St. Louis, Phoenix, Toronto, Chicago).


“This is the darkest day in the history of our sport,” said Rene Fasel, president of the International Ice Hockey Federation.

And from the Montreal Gazette: Contract with Wings may have saved Joey MacDonald’s life.


And all I can say is this tragedy has struck the entire hockey world, a game I’ve been watching as far back as I can remember and to this day is still my favorite sport. And I have never in my life seen and witnessed such a moving memorial for these hockey players as I saw when I watched this tribute. And pray to God there will never be another tragedy like this one to ever see one again.

My heart goes out to each and every family member, hockey players and teams across this globe affected by this plane crash.



With much respect and love,
From Hockeytown Detroit, Mi. USA,
God Speed to all

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