Friday, September 7, 2012

Still fresh in our memories....

The original story, as I wrote it, is HERE.

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

Vitaly Anikeyenko
Mikhail Balandin
Gennady Churilov
Pavol Demitra
Robert Dietrich
Alexander Galimov
Marat Kalimulin
Alexander Kalyanin
Alexander Karpovtsev
Andrei Kiryukhin
Nikita Klyukin
Igor Korolev
Stefan Liv
Brad McCrimmon
Jan Marek
Sergei Ostapchuk
Karel Rachunek
Ruslan Salei
Maxim Shuvalov
Karlis Skrastins
Pavel Snurnitsyn
Daniil Sobchenko
Ivan Tkachenko
Pavel Trakhanov
Yuri Urychev
Josef Vasicek
Alexander Vasyunov
Alexander Vyukhin
Artem Yarchuk

Team staff

Yuri Bakhvalov
Aleksandr Belyaev
Nikolai Krivonosov
Yevgeni Kunnov
Vyacheslav Kuznetsov
Vladimir Piskunov
Yevgeni Sidorov
 Andrei Zimin

Flight crew

Nadezhda Maksumova
Vladimir Matyushin
Elena Sarmatova
Elena Shavina
Andrei Solomentsev
Igor Zhivelov
Sergei Zhuravlev

You will never be forgotten.


  1. Very well said. I can't believe it has been a year already.

    I listened to a bit of Mr. McCrimmon talk about his son and the tragedy. You can still hear the difficulty of it all in his voice. It was tough to listen to.

    I hope he is able to gain some closure, but I couldn't imagine what he must be going through.

    A true tragedy that will definitely not be forgotten.

  2. 100% right... it's still very fresh in our memories.