Russians hope to resurrect stricken team

Russian ice hockey league chief Vyacheslav Fetisov said yesterday he is hopeful of resurrecting the stricken Lokomotiv Yaroslavl team "in the next two to three days" despite much of the squad being killed in a plane crash.

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev visits the plane crash site. Pic/AFP

The start of Russia's ice hockey league season was postponed in the wake of the tragedy, which killed 44 people including members of the three-time Russian champions as they travelled to their first match of the season.

KHL (Continental Hockey League) president Alexander Medvedev said yesterday the new season will likely start on Tuesday. Fetisov meanwhile said players from around the league have offered to participate in the rebirth of the club by playing for Lokomotiv.

"The new Lokomotiv team will be formed within the next two or three days," said Fetisov, the most decorated hockey player in Russian history.

He added: "Many of the league's players said right after the tragedy they were ready to support Lokomotiv and play for Yaroslavl in the new season. At least 30 players have already expressed their desire to play there."

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