Capitals remember Lokomotiv crash

Capitals remember Lokomotiv crash
September 7, 2012, 6:32 pm
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Itwas a year ago on Friday that a hush fell over the hockey world as word spread thata plane carrying the entire Yaroslavl Lokomotiv hockey teams of the KontinentalHockey League crashed in Russia, killing all but one of the 45 people on board.
Onlyone crew member survived the wreckage.Itwas like yesterday, Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin said Friday after aninformal workout at Kettler Capitals Iceplex. It was a very hard moment.
Ovechkinwas skating with several Capitals prospects at Kettler on Sept. 7, 2011 when aRussian friend relayed to him the tragic news, saying, Lokomotiv got crashed.So I stoppedpracticing and go to Internet and see what happened there, Ovechkin said.Of the victims, Ovechkin said he was closest to AlexanderGalimov, who died five days after the crash of severe burns. Of course, its a hard memory, Ovechkinsaid. The guys and all the team is going to be in our hearts. But right now,there is nothing you can do about it. You just have to think about them andpray.Capitalsprospect Stan Galiev was also on the Kettler ice that day and recalls the shockof learning that three of his friends, Yuri Urychev, Danill Sobchenko and Sergei Ostanchuk, were among those who perished.Wewere just shocked, Galiev said. We found out when we went on the ice and just couldnt believe it.TheKHL played the 2011-12 season without a team in Yaroslavl, but the organization hasre-assembled a club for this season.
Theyhave a new team, Galiev said. "Theres going be new life for the team.