Last night’s NHL Eastern Conference game between Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins was dedicated to the memory of the Lokomotiv Yaroslavl players who perished in the tragic air crash of the 7th of September. The idea came from the rival Russian captains, forwards Evgeni Malkin and Alex Ovechkin. The players of each team sported special jersey patches in honor of Lokomotiv and these jerseys will be auctioned, with all the proceeds going to the bereaved families.
“I would like to sincerely thank the players and staff of the Capitals and Penguins for honoring those tragically lost, and for giving support to their nearest and dearest,” – said Kontinental Hockey League President Alexander Medvedev. “The respect shown for the Yaroslavl hockey club testifies to the strength of the bond which unites us in hockey around the whole world. As we all saw at the game between Pittsburgh and Washington, even a fierce sporting rivalry presents no obstacle to those who wish to support those in need of help.”