Fallen Yaroslavl Czechs inducted into Czech Hockey Hall of Fame
Memorial for the Czech triumvirate earlier in the autumn.
Not a moment too soon, the three Czech members of the KHL’s Lokomotiv Yaroslavl, who perished in the September disaster, were inducted into the Czech Hockey Hall of Fame today before the playing of a representation match in the Channel One Cup in Chomutov. The players include team captain Karel Rachůnek, Jan Marek and Josef Vašíček. Also inducted were Czech greats Miroslav Kluc and Vlastimil Sýkora. Jiri Kralik, Head of the Hall of Fame, had noted last week that it is abnormal to admit five players all at once. But a special exception had to be made. Sýkora is said to be in ill-health, and a speedy induction was necessary.
The contribution of the deceased players cannot be underestimated. Tomáš Král, head of the Czech Ice Hockey Association, expounded upon these while handing out commemorative plaques to their families. They were met with a standing ovation from the crowd in attendance.
Seeing as the induction occurred just ahead of a game, national team coach Alois Hadamczik had to tread lightly in his pregame remarks, seeing as many of his players were closely connected to the Yaroslavl players. But as Blesk notes, Petr Prucha burst forth, scoring against the Swedes five seconds in.