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Re: Lokomotiv Yaroslavl plane crashes

Postby AFFPR » Thu Sep 08, 2011 10:39 am

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Re: Lokomotiv Yaroslavl plane crashes

Postby cl525 » Thu Sep 08, 2011 12:37 pm

sheese wrote:I keep thinking that there were 3 other deaths this summer... Boogard, Belak and _____ . Was it Probert? Was he the other one? That seems like it was so long ago. Man what a terrible summer this has been for hockey.


Former Canuck, Current Jet Rick Rypien battled depression forever and finally succumbed to his demons...
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Re: Lokomotiv Yaroslavl plane crashes

Postby Drury_Sakic » Thu Sep 08, 2011 1:59 pm

Rumor is that the plane was overloaded and did not gain altitude fast enough and clipped an antenna on takeoff.
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Re: Lokomotiv Yaroslavl plane crashes

Postby sheese » Fri Sep 09, 2011 11:02 am

I couldn't remember Rypien... I was in India and out of touch with the world when that happened.

As for the plane being overloaded... WTF!!
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Re: Lokomotiv Yaroslavl plane crashes

Postby Drury_Sakic » Fri Sep 09, 2011 11:48 am

For those in Denver, the fansites are planning a small thing Saturday.

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Re: Lokomotiv Yaroslavl plane crashes

Postby Drury_Sakic » Fri Sep 09, 2011 3:13 pm

Avs will honor Skrastins, Belak, and Salei on opening night.

http://avalanche.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=588057
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Re: Lokomotiv Yaroslavl plane crashes

Postby cl525 » Sat Sep 10, 2011 8:23 am

Drury_Sakic wrote:Rumor is that the plane was overloaded and did not gain altitude fast enough and clipped an antenna on takeoff.



As far as I've heard, they don't know what caused the plane to come down....cheap Russian fuel? overloaded? they are apparently studying the black boxes right now...
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Re: Lokomotiv Yaroslavl plane crashes

Postby Drury_Sakic » Sat Sep 10, 2011 5:45 pm

For anyone who has not seen it, this is part of a blog from a driver in the Dallas area, it was since taken down and this is a copy of the text.

My day was supposed to be over a little after noon today, but as I dropped off my last client, the office asked me if I could do one more run at 2 o’clock. Being the team player that I am, I said I would. I had 90 minutes to drive back to our company lot, switch into a van and then go to the pickup. Plenty of time to stop for some lunch and mess around on my phone. Peace of cake.

After making the vehicle change, sucking down a burger and fries from BK, and washing it down with a Coke Zero, I proceeded to my pickup location, a full 40 minutes ahead of schedule. I am a happy chauffeur……….for the moment.

I locate the residence that I need to be at, but being that the pickup is at 2, and it is only 1:20, I park a couple blocks away, per usual, and pickup my Thunderbolt to check FB and do some surfing.

First check of FB is littered with numerous comments and links about the tragic plane crash in Russia. 40+ people dead. NHL players, past and present, coaches, prospects and flight crew. Very sad news. I had been reading and hearing about it, off and on, all day. The ramifications reaching virtually all parts of the hockey world, and in less than 5 minutes, ME.

After my FB pitstop, I open up the trip ticket info on my phone, to see who I am picking up. Aaaah, another Dallas Stars transfer to the airport. That explains the van. These hockey guys always have big bags because they are usually traveling overseas. The last name, Skrastins. Never heard of him. No first name. I’ll have to google him. Google search: Skrastins Dallas Stars.

The rush that comes over my body is unexplainable. I am just staring at my phone. He was on “that” plane and he is dead. I am sitting 200 yards from his house and I realize what this pickup is all about. I am about to pick up the family of this man. A family that went to bed last night without a care in the world. A family that had no plans to board a Lufthansa flight to Europe when they woke up this morning. This explains why it was added to my schedule at 12:15 today. Is this for real?

It’s finally time to go down the street and pull in the driveway. Within a couple of minutes, a man comes out to let me know that the family will be out in a few moments. He alerts me to the situation, and tells me not to offer condolences because the children don’t know, and then he returns to the house. I can’t even imagine what his widow must be going through. My heart weeps for her. I am so glad this will be a short ride.

Then it happens. 2 girls, about 2 and 5 come running out the door, completely elated about the trip they are about to go on. Long blonde hair, blue eyes and giant smiles. I nearly burst into tears. My body gets tight. Every second feels like an eternity. The pain inside me is almost unbearable. I don’t even know these people and I am on the verge of a breakdown, right in their driveway. Knowing that these girls are utterly oblivious, to the true nature of their trip, is agonizing. I can’t help but think of my own children, and what it would be like if they woke up tomorrow and I was gone forever. Devastating! The wife and mother in law finally come out and we are on our way.

The entire drive the widow is on the phone. She, as well as the rest of the family, are not speaking English. Although, this would seem trivial, it is not. I don’t understand a single word she is saying, but the pure pain in her voice tells the whole story. The mother in law is keeping the kids entertained in the back of the van, while she sits up front and seems to be getting everything in order, over the phone. I sense sorrow, trepidation, confusion, and dispair. Just a few of, what I imagine have been, the many emotions that she has experienced since she woke up today. Again, my heart weeps for her.

We finally arrive at DFW airport, and a liaison from Lufthansa is waiting curbside for us, with a security escort. He “quietly” offers his condolences to the widow while the girls are still getting out of the van. Personnel grab all their bags, and they are off. Girls still giddy about the trip. I, however, am a mess.

I barely get 100 feet away from the terminal when I lose it, crying uncontrollably. I feel stupid, but I don’t care. I can’t get the image of those girls out of my head. The idea that they have no clue that they will NEVER see their father again. What’s worse, is that they probably haven’t seen him in a couple of weeks, and expect to see him when they get where they’re going. Utterly heartbreaking. What a way to end the day.

So, as I sit here recapping this gut-wrenching afternoon that I have experienced, I would like to end it with a final thought. It makes no difference to a child what happens to you when you die. They are going to be devastated either way. Just make sure they know what they mean to you. Remind them EVERYDAY. Hug them EVERYDAY. Kiss them EVERYDAY. Most importantly, love them EVERYDAY. Unconditionally. Because, you never know what tomorrow will bring.
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Re: Lokomotiv Yaroslavl plane crashes

Postby AFFPR » Sat Sep 10, 2011 6:52 pm

Great stuff D_S, thanks for posting!! What a story :(
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Re: Lokomotiv Yaroslavl plane crashes

Postby sheese » Sun Sep 11, 2011 8:44 am

That was a tough, but good read. As a father of a 2 y/o I can't even begin to imagine the pain that the family is going through. I really liked Skrastins a lot when he played for the Avs and I still can't believe he was lost in such a tragic way. I wish I lived in Denver and could go to the memorial put up by the bloggers or attend the opening night ceremony. Instead I'll just have to send my best wishes and condolences to the families in my thoughts and prayers. Thanks to all of those former hockey players who have lost their lives this summer. Thanks for allowing us to watch you battle on game nights. RIP
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Re: Lokomotiv Yaroslavl plane crashes

Postby cl525 » Sun Sep 11, 2011 9:07 am

Lets not forget, not only does Skrastins have two little girls, but his wife was also expecting a third.

Very touching and very sad.
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Re: Lokomotiv Yaroslavl plane crashes

Postby Domyos » Mon Sep 12, 2011 2:42 am

Alexander Galimov, the only player surived from the crash, has just passed away.
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Re: Lokomotiv Yaroslavl plane crashes

Postby Domyos » Thu Sep 15, 2011 3:50 pm

Josh Harding's mask:

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Jaroslav Halak's mask:

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Re: Lokomotiv Yaroslavl plane crashes

Postby Drury_Sakic » Tue Sep 20, 2011 1:48 am

http://video.nhl.com/videocenter/consol ... &id=123649


NHL.com's tribute to all who were lost this summer.
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