Minsk, Russia - After the tragedy in the hockey community and world of sports happened in a plane crash that killed Lokomotiv Yaroslavl team members and airplane staff, the supposed to be opponent of Lokomotiv Yaroslavl, Dynamo Minsk, in the season opener of Kontinental Hockey League, held a memorial in their home ice for their fallen rivals.
According to Russia today : All tickets for the game had been sold long before the tragedy. Soon after the sad news spread worldwide, the game's organizers decided to arrange a mass at the arena, honoring the legacy of the team.
Not a single ticket had been returned as the ceremony was held in the packed arena. Each spectator brought flowers. All the Belarusian leadership, including President Aleksandr Lukashenko, were present at the event.Here is the video for the tribute:
Never was the arena that silent as 37 huge portraits of the players and staff were placed on the ice. A requiem mass was performed by an orchestra, while portraits of the departed Yaroslavl friends and icons appeared on the scoreboard.
If you want to watch the whole ceremony, here it is.
Again, Rest in Peace to the families of the players, staff and plane crew.