|Posted on September 11, 2011 at 11:50 AM|
Czech Davis Cup players pose for a team photo prior to their flight to Romania on Sunday, September 11, 2011 in Prague. From left to right:Tomas Berdych, Radek Stepanek, captain Jaroslav Navratil, Lukas Rosol and Lukas Dlouhy. All wearing hockey jerseys to pay tribute to ice hockey players Josef Vasicek, Jan Marek and Karel Rachunek who died during the plane disaster of Lokomotiv Yaroslavl's ice hockey team on Wednesday, September 7, 2011.
They appeared at the airport in the hockey jersey of the Czech national team. Stepanek "We wanted to pay tribute to our hockey players who died tragically in Russia and express our condolences to their families"
Official ceremony in honor of Czech victims of Yaroslavl plane crash held in Prague
Thousands of people gathered in Prague’s Old Town Square on Sunday to pay their respects to ice hockey stars Karel Rachunek, Jan Marek and Josef Vasicek, the three Czech players who were killed in a plane crash near the Russian city of Yaroslavl on Wednesday.
The official commemorative ceremony was moderated by Czech TV sports commentator Robert Zarub and opened by ten minutes of silence in honor of the plane crash victims. A sermon by Prague Archbishop Dominik Duka followed.
The president of the Czech ice hockey federation Tomas Kral, famous ice hockey players such as Jaromír Jagr, Patrick Elias as well as the coaches Alois Hadamczik and Vladimir Ruzicka attended the ceremony.
As a tribute to the three deceased players, their numbers – Rachunek’s 4, Marek’s 15 and Vasicek’s 63 – will not be used by the Czech national team in the future.
On Wednesday, a Yak-42 plane came down shortly after take off from the Russian city of Yaroslavl and burst into flames. The players were taking off for Minsk for the first match of the season. Among the 43 victims were Russian and European hockey players.