KHL vows to rebuild Lokomotiv team after plane crash

A day after a Russian jet crashed killing nearly every player and coach of KHL’s Lokomotiv Yaroslavl, the league is already working to rebuild the team.

KHL President Alexander Medvedev announced that the season would be postponed until Sept. 12 and that a memorial service will be held at the arena in Yaroslavl on Saturday.

Perhaps the best news is that Lokomotiv will be reconstructed and field a team this season. There has been an outpouring of support from across the KHL with teams offering financial support for the club and players volunteering to join a re-created Lokomotiv. It appears as though some sort of draft will be held to establish a roster in the coming days, according to Slava Malamud, a reporter for Russia’s Sport Express.

Lokomotiv also has a new coach. Pyotr Vorobyov, who coached the team in the 1990s, has stepped in after working with the junior team in recent years.

From the Associated Press:

KHL chief Alexander Medvedev said Thursday that each team in the league should volunteer up to three players each toward building a new Lokomotiv squad. He says that will free up between 40 and 45 players from which Lokomotiv can pick.

“The 18 KHL clubs whose representatives I have managed to speak with have supported this proposal,” Medvedev said in remarks to Atlant Mytischi hockey club’s press service.

Along with recruiting from other clubs, Medevedev said Lokomotiv will promote five players from its youth team.

For updates as more details emerge, follow both Slava Malamud, of Russia’s Sport Express, and Dmitry Chesnokov, of Sovetsky Sport and Puck Daddy, on Twitter.

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