Byron McCrimmon, the father of Brad McCrimmon, the coach and former NHL defenceman who perished in the crash, accepted an invitation to travel to Yaroslavl from Hockey Canada. It was an opportunity for him in his words, "to gain closure."
He toured the crash site, the cemetery where 14 members of the Lokomotiv team are buried. As well as the arena where they play, his son's former office, and the trophy case. A case where a trophy sits in his son's name.
While on tour, a woman came up to him and asked if she could give him something. It was a silver whistle. His son's whistle, rescued from the banks of the river where the plane went down.
Byron gave that whistle to his grandson, Brad's oldest son Liam, 15.
Tragedies like this thankfully only come around once a lifetime. But it's scarcity should not lesson our memories.
players and coaches
You will never be forgotten.