If you didn't already know, I am a HUGE hockey fan. I mean, I live and breathe hockey between the first game of the season and the last game of the finals. If I am having a bad day, hockey makes me happy :) (I could use a good hockey game to watch today!).
Unfortunately, this year has not been a good one for hockey players around the world. Amidst the concussions, suspensions, and shotty refereeing, the hockey world has been hit by a plague of unfortunate, untimely death. I hate that I am posting this blog, but with the NHL season right around the corner, I wanted to pay tribute to those lives lost in the hockey world since the beginning of 2011....so bear with me here...
Tom Cavanagh - Formerly of the San Jose Sharks
Derek Boogard - New York Rangers
Rick Rypien - Winnipeg Jets
The Yaroslavl Lokomotiv hockey team lost all but one member in Wednesday's crash in Russia. The passenger list, provided by the Russian Ministry of Emergency Situations:
Aleksandr Vasyunov - New Jersey Devils
Josef Vasicek - Most recently of the New York Islanders
Pavol Demitra - Vancouver Canucks
Brad McCrimmon - Coach and Player for Various Teams
Karel Rachunek - New Jersey Devils
Karlis Skrastins - Dallas Stars
Ruslan Salei - Detroit Red Wings