Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Yekaterinburg erects monument to hockey players killed in crash

The city of Yekaterinburg dedicated a monument on Tuesday to the hockey players of the team Lokomotiv who died in a plane crash in September.

The monument consists a 2.5 meter tall hockey figure wearing the Lokomotiv team logo on his chest with a hockey stick in his left hand. The athlete has the number 37 on his other hand to signify the number of players who died in the crash, European-Asian News reports.

The Kaslinsky brass and iron foundry constructed the sculpture.

The sculpture was placed outside of the Sports Palace, the home of the HC Motorist hockey club. Players from Motorist were on hand during the memorial service for Locomotive and laid flowers at the memorial.

The opening ceremony of the monument dedication was attended by Yekaterinburg athletes and hockey fans as well as the children of the Lokomotiv team.

Elena Vyukhin, the widow of Lokomotiv team goaltender Alexander Vyukhin, thanked the city of Yekaterinburg for keeping the memory of Lokomotiv alive, according to European-Asian News.

The Lokomotiv tragedy occurred on September 7 when the plane crashed almost immediately after takeoff. Forty-five people were on board, including eight crew members and 37 passengers. Only two people survived the crash - hockey player Alexander Galimov and steward Alexander Sizov. Galimov died five days later in the hospital.