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Lokomotiv to play first post-plane crash game in December

Published time: October 05, 2011 08:47
Edited time: October 05, 2011 12:47
Hockey fans holding a Lokomotiv Yaroslaval scarf (RIA Novosti / Andrey Starostin)

Hockey fans holding a Lokomotiv Yaroslaval scarf (RIA Novosti / Andrey Starostin)

Lokomotiv Yaroslavl, who lost their main squad in a fatal plane crash in September, will hold their first game since the tragedy on December 12.

­The Yaroslavl side will face Neftyanik Almetyevsk on home ice in Russia’s second-strongest league, the VHL, as the club’s administration decided to miss the current season in the KHL.   

The league has already approved the new schedule, which takes Lokomotiv’s participation into account.

The Railway Men will hold just 22 games in the VHL – one against each team – and their participation in the playoffs will be determined based on the percentage of the points earned by the team.   

Meanwhile, the KHL has begun the formation of the list of players from 17 to 22 years old, who have existing contracts with clubs in the KHL clubs and the VHL, so that Loko will be able to pick their squad from the roster.

The Yaroslavl team has announced that it will be missing this year’s KHL season, but plans to field a new team for the 2012/13 championship.  

A Yak-42 aircraft, carrying the players, coaches and Lokomotiv team personnel, crashed immediately after takeoff from Tunoshna Airport in the Yaroslavl Region on September 7.

Thirty-six team members were killed instantly, while the only player to survive the crash – 26-year-old Aleksandr Galimov – passed away later in a Moscow hospital.