Czech Culture & Adaptation

International ice hockey tragedy

September 16, 2011
Ice hockey

Drawing the lines closer

Last week’s tragic crash of a Russian plane carrying the Lokomotiv ice hockey team to their opening season match in Belarus brought an international conglomeration of hockey players, official, coaches and fans together in mourning. The crash was called a “black day” in hockey’s history. Over the weekend, thousands of Czechs gathered in Prague’s Old Town Square for a memorial by the national hockey federation to remember the three Czech players, Jan Marek, and Karel Rachůnek and Josef Vašíček, who were among the 36 team members, coaches and staff killed in the crash.

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