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KHL Lokomotiv Yaroslavl tragedy


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I can speak for the majority of Leafs fans who had a lot of sympathy towards Alex Korolev, who lost both his parents whilst playing for the Leafs. I'm sure the Leafs will remember Karpotsev and Korolev somehow. I would go as far as saying they should retire the jerseys #52 and #22.

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I can speak for the majority of Leafs fans who had a lot of sympathy towards Alex Korolev, who lost both his parents whilst playing for the Leafs. I'm sure the Leafs will remember Karpotsev and Korolev somehow. I would go as far as saying they should retire the jerseys #52 and #22.

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The Leafs have a policy of retiring numbers only for players "who have made a significant contribution to the Toronto Maple Leaf Hockey Club and have experienced a career-ending incident while a member of the Maple Leaf team"

It would be a nice gesture, but it doesn't fit either of the criteria.

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If We Are Marshall was correct, West Virginia wore a green cross on the back of their helmets after the crash that killed Marshall's football team. I would think something similar (maybe not a cross due to PC, but that's another story) will be done by NHL teams.

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I can speak for the majority of Leafs fans who had a lot of sympathy towards Alex Korolev, who lost both his parents whilst playing for the Leafs.

RIP

The majority of Leafs fans could at least tell you his name isn't Alex Korolev... I assume you're referring to former Leaf Igor Korolev?

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I think whatever it is the NHL should have the same patch worn league wide. A sign of unity and solidarity.

Yeah. Going through the roster, a lot of NHL teams have connections to Lokomotiv. It'd be downright offensive if the biggest hockey league in the world didn't do anything.

As for the KHL, I imagine they'd do something a lot larger in scale (all teams wear a black uniform sometime during the season, perhaps).

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The NHL should at the very least have a black ribbon league wide.

And it should be worn season long.

If not, just another reason to hate Bettman.

EDIT: I could see it being outlined in white or actually be a white ribbon for teams with black uniforms, like the Bruins or Ducks.

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I say add a Black Ribbon outlined in White, with Lokomotiv across the ribbon.

In addition, each team that had a former member on that plane wear his initials or number on the back of the helmet. The Panthers for instance would have 3 players on that plane, and include Wade Belak in it for good measure.

The panthers have been hit hard this year in terms of tragedy.

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I say add a Black Ribbon outlined in White, with Lokomotiv across the ribbon.

In addition, each team that had a former member on that plane wear his initials or number on the back of the helmet. The Panthers for instance would have 3 players on that plane, and include Wade Belak in it for good measure.

The panthers have been hit hard this year in terms of tragedy.

Perhaps for teams that have been very hard hit, a patch could be created for that team individually, while the teams with no connections just get the ribbon?

Just a thought.

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I can speak for the majority of Leafs fans who had a lot of sympathy towards Alex Korolev, who lost both his parents whilst playing for the Leafs.

RIP

The majority of Leafs fans could at least tell you his name isn't Alex Korolev... I assume you're referring to former Leaf Igor Korolev?

Oops, Igor is correct.

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I'm pretty confident the Blues will do something for Pavol Demitra as well as Igor Korolev. Strangely, they both wore #38 for the Blues. Demitra's tenure was much longer and more prosperous, so his tribute may be more depending on what they do, but I'm sure both will be included.

There some thought that the Blues should retire #38 for Demitra (he is in the top 5 or 6 of the major categories for the Blues). Others have suggested they simply "honor" the number in the rafters for both players. (They do this currently for #5 Bobby Plager, #7 Red Berenson, Gary Unger, Joey Mullen, and Keith Tkachuk, and #14 Doug Wickenheiser. Only Wickenheiser's was related to their death--the others are all still alive.)

My preference is to retire the number for Demitra, though I admittedly would not have pushed for it without this tragedy. Additionally, I'm biased as he was my favorite player. But I'd understand if they don't. As long as they at least wear a patch and pay tribute with a ceremony. Maybe a #38 on the ice.

I think a black ribbon on the back of the helmets would be a nice gesture league-wide.

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