A collection of remembrances from around the blogosphere of Pavol Demitra, Josef Vasicek, Ruslan Salei, Karlis Skrastins, and Karel Rachunek…A look back at previous air crashes which devastated European teams…The NHL’s contingency plan if a similar situation occurred with one of its teams…


HOCKEY RANTS: Jes Golbez bides farewell to Pavol Demitra, and to hockey.

MINNESOTA WILDERNESS: presents highlights of Demitra’s time with the Wild.

NUCKS MISCONDUCT: summarizes Demitra’s career.

PASS IT TO BULIS: has a touching moment between Demitra and Roberto Luongo during the 2010 Winter Olympics.

JEWELS FROM THE CROWN: presents video of Demitra’s shootout goal which gave the Slovaks an upset victory over the Russians in the 2010 Olympics, plus a couple of highlight reel goals.


SWEET TEA, BARBECUE AND BODYCHECKS: Acid Queen with a  funny personal encounter -which now seems poignant – with Vasicek when he was a member of the Hurricanes.

HOCKEYBUZZ.COM: Matt Karash recalls Vasicek remained a humble, good-natured player during his years with the Hurricanes, and his overtime winner against the Devils in the 2002 playoffs.


DEFENDING BIG D: Brandon Worley remembers Skastins not just an incredible teammate during his short time in Dallas, but also a devoted father and husband.

A CHICKS PERSPECTIVE: A heartbreaking account of a limo driver whose last ride for the day was taking the family of Karlis Skrastins to the airport at Dallas-Fort Worth.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: This is one of the most moving pieces I’ve read about this tragedy.

WINGING IT IN MOTOWN: “J.J. from Kansas” on dealing with the grief of losing Ruslan Salei, and mourning the loss of everyone on that flight.

SILVER SEVEN: Peter Raaymakerss recalls the career of former Senators defenseman Karel Rachunek, including his four-assist night in a lopsided Senators victory over the Capitals.

GREATEST HOCKEY LEGENDS: Joe Pelletier recounts this isn’t the first time a plane crash has had tragic consequences for European based teams, recounting the Czechoslovakian crash of 1948 which killed half their team, and the Soviet air disaster in 1950 which killed their entire hockey team, and was subsequently hushed up to avoid angering Joseph Stalin.

ON THE FORECHECK: Dirk Hoag has the details on the Emergency Rehabilitation Plan,  a contingency plan the NHL has in place should a similar situation occur to one of its teams.