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Tomas Berdych.... I would probably be an ice hockey player

Posted on September 9, 2011 at 4:25 PM



Question: If you were not a tennis player, what sport would you play?


Tomas Berdych: Probably ice hockey. Ice hockey is famous in Czech Republic, so yes, I would probably be an ice hockey player.


I guess Tomas was affected by the tragedy, like all Czechs ....





07 September, 2011


HC Lokomotiv squad killed in fatal plane crash


At least 43 people have died in a Yakovlev Yak-42 passenger plane crash near the city of Yaroslavl in Central Russia, 270 kilometers north-east of Moscow. The majority of victims were members of the local ice hockey team Lokomotiv.







Three Czech ice hockey stars die in Russian plane crash






European fans gather to pay respect to hockey stars


09 September, 2011


Lokomotiv was a team of players from many nations and the grief is being shared throughout Europe. Mass commemorations of the multinational hockey side that perished in an air crash near Yaroslavl have taken place in many European cities.


The Czech Republic is mourning the loss of its three ice hockey stars in a plane crash that will be remembered as one of the worst sporting tragedies in history. Jan Marek, Karel Rachunek and Josef Vasicek were among the 43 victims of Wednesday’s tragic plane crash in Russia which wiped out the entire Lokomotiv Yaroslavl hockey team.


Top Czech ice hockey official and former national team coach Slavomir Lener says the loss is incredible.


“It’s hard even to talk about. We've lost players in their prime. They were the hardcore of their national team. I knew them very well, even though they were playing abroad,” he said. “They were always trying to get better. They cared. They didn't just want to be a part of a system, they wanted to know the details of their positions and how best to score. They took a huge interest in what they did and I really enjoyed working with them.”


Memorial services have also taken place in neighboring Slovakia, with fans paying tribute to star player Pavol Demitra.


In the Latvian capital, Riga, hundreds gathered to remember their national team player Karlis Skrastins, a defender who played 11 seasons in the NHL before moving to Lokomotiv this year.

 

 


 









A paper with a photo of the Russian professional hockey team Lokomotiv on the front page, nearly all of whom died in the fatal plane crash lays next to a bed of flowers and a hockey stick in front of the Czech Embassy in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Sept. 8, 2011. Among those killed were three Czech stars -- Jan Marek, Josef Vasicek and Karel Rachunek. Investigators on Thursday searched for flight recorders in the shattered remains of an airliner that crashed, killing 43 people including most of one of Russia's premier hockey teams. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)



The Czech Republic is mourning the loss of its three ice hockey stars in a plane crash that will be remembered as one of the worst sporting tragedies in history. Jan Marek, Karel Rachunek and Josef Vasicek were among the 43 victims of Wednesday’s tragic plane crash in Russia which wiped out the entire Lokomotiv Yaroslavl hockey team.



On September 7, 2011, they died when a Yakovlev Yak-42 passenger aircraft, carrying nearly the entire Lokomotiv team, crashed just outside Yaroslavl, Russia. The team was traveling to Minsk to play their opening game of the season, with its coaching staff and prospects. Lokomotiv officials said "everyone from the main roster was on the plane plus four players from the youth team.

 



 




Czech nation mourns loss of its hockey stars in Yaroslavl tragedy




Karel Rachunek (August 27, 1979 – September 7, 2011) was a Czech professional ice hockey player. Rachunek was a captain of Lokomotiv Yaroslavl of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) when the team's plane crashed on September 7, 2011. He played eight seasons in North America in the National Hockey League (NHL). Rachunek was drafted in the ninth round, 229th overall, by the Ottawa Senators in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft.


Jan Marek (December 31, 1979 - September 7, 2011) was a Czech professional ice hockey centre, playing for HC CSKA Moscow of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL). He was selected by the New York Rangers in the 8th round (243rd overall) of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft. Jan led the KHL in goals scored in the 2008-09 season with 35.


Josef Vasicek (September 12, 1980 – September 7, 2011) was a Czech professional ice hockey player. Vasicek last played for Lokomotiv Yaroslavl of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) and died when the plane's charter crashed on September 7, 2011. Vasicek played seven seasons in the National Hockey League for the Carolina Hurricanes, Nashville Predators and New York Islanders before moving to Russia in 2008 to play for Yaroslavl.





 




People gather at Old Town Square in Prague, Czech Republic, on Thursday, Sept. 8, 2011, to pay tribute to the Lokomotiv Yaroslavl players including three Czechs - Josef Vasicek, Karel Rachunek and Jan Marek killed in a plane crash in the city of Yaroslavl the day before. The Old Town Square is the place where Czech hockey players usually celebrate their successes with fans. The Yak-42 jet carrying the Lokomotiv ice hockey team crashed while taking off Wednesday near Yaroslavl, on the Volga River about 150 miles (240 kilometers) northeast of Moscow, Russia, killing 43 people. Words in Czech on the poster read: 'We will keep you in our hearts'

 


 









Hundreds gathered in the center of the Czech capital, Prague, to pay their respects to their players who died. Three Czech nationals were on board the doomed plane: Josef Vasicek, Karel Rachunek and former World Champion Jan Marek. Fans chanted their names and lit candles in their memory.

 



 



 
 
 

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Prostejov (Tomas' hometown) on Thursday afternoon




Candles and emotion. About five hundred people gathered at TG Masaryk Square to honour the memory of the hockey players who died on Wednesday in a plane crash in Russia. This event caused great emotion in the whole Czech Republic.

 
 
 
 







 

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