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09-08-2011, 09:24 AM
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I was almost in tears.

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The Vanek-family mourns the loss of Josef Vasicek, the brother of Thomas’ sister in law.

The news of the tragic crash in Russia reached Thomas during a training session in Minnesota. He immediately contacted his family and is deeply affected by the tragedy.

Our thoughts and prayers are with all the families and friends of the crash victims. In the name of the Vanek-family we want to thank you for your condolences and ask you for your understanding that there will be no direct statement from the family as of right now.

The thomasvanek26.com-team
What a truly horrible offseason.

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09-08-2011, 12:58 PM
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****ed up. It seems fake. I just can't come to grips with it.

The most moving thing about this was that I tuned into sports center's 6:00-7:00 show and they didn't say a thing about it. **** them no god damn respect. That should have been the first thing they mentioned but instead it was Manning not starting Sunday. Just makes me sick how these great players who passed too young weren't recognized.

Rest in piece and prayers and thought go out to all affected by this awful tragedy.
That is a disgrace. It was even news here.

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That is a disgrace. It was even news here.
With ESPN, that's par for the course.

The cynic in me says "If they don't pay money to air their games, good luck getting even a 10 second news item on SportsCenter."

Which is why you see the NFL, NBA, MLB, and college sports...even soccer...getting airtime and why the NHL gets table scraps. Hopefully, the NBA NEVER comes back, so the NHL can get some airtime.

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Hopefully, the NBA NEVER comes back, so the NHL can get some airtime.
nah they'll just slide h.s. football in there instead

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Tribute from Dinamo Minsk at the arena, at the time they were supposed to play the game... this is amazing


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Thanks for the link Ralonzo. Very well done tribute.

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Some stuff from Slava Malamud this AM.

https://twitter.com/#!/SlavaMalamud

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Lokomotiv Yaroslavl will not play this year. Team president, regional government and the sponsors decide to suspend operations until 2012-13

Inability to assemble a competitive team (with not only players, but "chemistry" and a game plan) on a short notice cited as the reason.
More other comments are on his feed, but that's the big stuff.

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Some stuff from Slava Malamud this AM.

https://twitter.com/#!/SlavaMalamud



More other comments are on his feed, but that's the big stuff.
I feel like that's the right thing to do.

Horrendous tragedy .

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Yeah, definitely the right thing to do here.

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Tribute from Dinamo Minsk at the arena, at the time they were supposed to play the game... this is amazing

What a beautiful tribute. I was in tears practically the whole time.

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What a beautiful tribute. I was in tears practically the whole time.
Which is why I'm probably never going to watch it. I've been crying off and on since Belak, FFS.

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What a truly horrible offseason.
seriously. It has been a nightmare for the world of hockey.

RIP.

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Some stuff from Slava Malamud this AM.

https://twitter.com/#!/SlavaMalamud



More other comments are on his feed, but that's the big stuff.
gaf & I were just talking about this.

It feels like the right call, I think.

In some ways, players are sort of replaceable cogs in the wheel of a hockey team—guys get traded, retire, move on & are replaced by other players. And that's OK, usually.

In a circumstance like this one, treating these players as replaceable cogs in the wheel just feels wrong. Humanity is more important than hockey when people have died.

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gaf & I were just talking about this.

It feels like the right call, I think.

In some ways, players are sort of replaceable cogs in the wheel of a hockey team—guys get traded, retire, move on & are replaced by other players. And that's OK, usually.

In a circumstance like this one, treating these players as replaceable cogs in the wheel just feels wrong. Humanity is more important than hockey when people have died.
I agree.

The only other thing I can think of is if recently retired players formed a "Lokomotiv charity team" and played out the schedule as exhibition games, with proceeds to going to the families and/or helping rebuild the team.

But playing meaningful games just seems wrong.

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09-11-2011, 07:38 AM
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In a circumstance like this one, treating these players as replaceable cogs in the wheel just feels wrong. Humanity is more important than hockey when people have died.
I think that's what pushed it over for me too. I can't imagine playing.

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I am fine with whatever decisions the KHL and Lokomotiv make. They have to handle this in a way that makes sense for them, and nobody else.

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I agree.

The only other thing I can think of is if recently retired players formed a "Lokomotiv charity team" and played out the schedule as exhibition games, with proceeds to going to the families and/or helping rebuild the team.

But playing meaningful games just seems wrong.
I like your idea, but I think there's some logistical issues. Even though it's for a great cause, I think other teams might take issue with the idea of having random exhibition games thrown into their schedule.

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Alexander Galimov, the only team member to survive the impact, died this morning in a hospital in Moscow .
Crew member Alexander Sizov is now the only surviving passenger and he also still is in serious condition. This means that no player or staff member from Yaroslavl survived .

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Unfortunately for Kotalik, the serene persona he now carries is the result of a horrific event that stole the lives of three friends and made his world come to a halt.

Three of Kotalik's close pals from the Czech Republic played for Lokomotiv Yaroslavl, the Russian league team that was decimated when its plane crashed Sept. 7. Jan Marek, Karel Rachunek and Josef Vasicek were among the 44 who died, leaving Kotalik heartbroken and stunned.

"That's just an unreal, devastating tragedy that happened," Kotalik said. "Back home, I can tell you that time stopped the week it happened. Nobody was really able to do anything else or think of anything else.

"My great friends: It's been really tough, and still it is. It's always in the back of your mind."

The sadness surely won't leave any time soon, but Kotalik has chosen to overwhelm it with positivity.
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Sabres teammate Thomas Vanek knows the feeling. He and Vasicek were connected through marriage, with Vanek's brother married to Vasicek's sister.

"He was a good man," Vanek said Saturday. "He was a great uncle to my sister-in-law and my brother's daughter. Overall, he just loved hockey, competed hard, won a Stanley Cup, won world championships, did a lot of good things in the community and just loved the sport."

Though Vanek wasn't as ready as Kotalik to open up about the tragedy just 10 days after it happened, the Sabres' top goal scorer has clearly been affected in many ways.

"We all know it's awful, and you try to move on and just remember how good life is," Vanek said. "When you have a bad day, just look at something like that and your bad day is a good day. It brings you closer to the friends and family that you do have because you realize it can be over any day."
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