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Three Czechs Dead in Hockey Team Crash in Russia


The hockey world is in shock at the tragic news of the terrible plane crash today Jaroslavl, Russia, which killed the complete HC Lokomotiv Jaroslavl hockey team, including Czech players Jan Marek, Josef Vašíček, Karel Rachůnek and Slovak hockey legend Pavol Demitra.

Karel Rachunek (red cap) and Jan Marek (with hands on cup holder) among the dead (c) Jarba

The team was travelling to Belarus capital Minsk on the Jak-42 plane for the first game of the season at around 2pm CET today, but 500 or so metres from takeoff the plane crashed to the ground after the plane apparently hit something.

Reports are still not confirmed but Russian authorities firstly cited only 37 people were on board, while the media reported 44 dead and one serously injured. The latest report says two people have survived, one of the crew and player Alexandr Galimov.
A very sad day for hockey lovers and the families and friends of all those who perished.
The Lokomotiv Yaroslavl roster according to the IIHF:
Stefan Liv (SWE)
Olexander Vyukhin (UKR)
Artur Amirov (RUS)
Vitali Anikeyenko (RUS)
Mikhail Balandin (RUS)
Robert Dietrich (GER/KAZ)
Marat Kalimulin (RUS)
Karel Rachunek (CZE)
Ruslan Salei (BLR)
Maxim Shuvalov (RUS)
Karlis Skrastins (LAT)
Pavel Trakhanov (RUS)
Yuri Urychev (RUS)Forwards:
Gennadi Churilov (RUS)
Pavol Demitra (SVK)
Alexander Galimov (RUS)
Alexander Kalyanin (RUS)
Andrei Kiryukhin (RUS)
Nikita Klyukin (RUS)
Jan Marek (CZE)
Sergei Ostapchuk (BLR)
Pavel Snurnitsyn (RUS)
Danil Sobchenko (UKR)
Ivan Tkachenko (RUS)
Josef Vasicek (CZE)
Alexander Vasyunov (RUS)
Artyom Yarchuk (RUS)
Danil Yerdakov (RUS)Coaches:
Brad McCrimmon (CAN, head coach)
Igor Korolev (RUS, assistant coach)

+ 9 flight crew members

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