Tragic events happen all the time. We see them on TV, we express our shock, and probably forget about it within a few days. Perhaps not this time.
Half a world away, a plane crashed shortly after takeoff into the Volga River in Russia, killing 43 people. Many aboard the plane were members of the Lokomotiv Yaroslavl hockey team of the KHL, some of whom were also veterans of the NHL.
Social media was awash with reaction from fans, media, statements from NHL teams who had employed these players, and so forth. There were fans who recognized players they watched, admired and loved years ago. It was a tragedy that struck the world's hockey family. One could say that this event -- very, very indirectly -- affected millions of people in North America and around the world who watch and enjoy the sport of hockey.
And yet... as much as we mourn these players and the loss that their passing represents, anything that I could even think of saying seems infinitesimal and trite compared to what happened. This is so much bigger than hockey.
I wasn't even going to write about this. However, I wanted to share a couple items that went beyond just making me think. They moved me. Whatever synopsis I could provide would be just words, so I'll just link to them.
The first is from one of our own here in Columbus, Jeff Little from Ten Minute Misconduct.
The second is from a sports blogger in Texas... a post I just happened upon via Twitter, about an hour or so ago.
Let us honor our hockey family, and more importantly, never forget our human family.
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