This post is not directly related to the Red Wings. This post has will be more about hockey in general. You have been warned.
I celebrated President’s Day the way any true American should….by going to the Hockey Hall Of Fame in Toronto. Outside of kids getting in free because of Family Day in Canada and making the lines for the games that are there for the kids way too long, I had a rather good time.
Unfortunately, the majority of blog posts aren’t about the positive aspects of life. I’m going to discuss something that really bothered me about my visit. The entire time I was there, I did not see any reference to the Lokomotiv Yaroslavl place crash. Yes, I have a major problem with this.
We all know the story. All members of a professional hockey team passed away when their plane crashed on September 7, 2011. Probably the worst disaster in sports history. We all know there were three members with Red Wings history on the plane (Brad McCrimmon, Ruslan Salei, Stefan Liv). It’s still very sad to think about, but it’s great how the Wings and other organizations have honored their memory.
The Hockey Hall Of Fame did not get the memo. My friend and myself walked the entire International section twice and did not see one (expletive) thing relating to any members of the crash. Are you telling me they couldn’t ask the Red Wings/McCrimmon family to donate one of his old sticks/skates/jerseys that he wore while with the team? There’s got to be some of Ruslan Salei’s old gear from the Ducks or Red Wings somewhere. But, no. Not a single item. Disgusting.
It’s been over 5 months since the accident. I understand these things take time and you want to honor them properly. I really do get that. But this was the biggest story in hockey of the year. They couldn’t make room in ONE case in over 5 months? Have the background be a giant blown up picture of the team with a few assorted sticks/gloves/helmets that the players had from previous teams. They also could have put a list on a plaque of all the players/coaches/executives/flight crew that passed away on a nice plaque with the team logo. Maybe each team could donate a Love for Lokomotive bracelet? SOMETHING?!?!?
This is not the NHL Hall Of Fame. It’s the HOCKEY HALL OF FAME. I understand it’s more catered towards the NHL due the NHL being the top league and the HHOF being in Toronto. I get that. It makes hockey and business sense. Yet again, this is the HHOF, who denied Pat Burns entry even though he is more than deserving and had terminal cancer. The fact that they can ignore a beloved NHL Head Coach makes the Lokomotiv snub seem not so surprising.
Here’s what I want from the readers: Has anybody been to the HHOF in Toronto in the past couple of weeks and seen a Lokomotiv tribute? Did they have a tribute earlier in the year and then take it down? Please let me know if this happened and I just missed it (and will feel like a giant a-hole for writing this post). Contact me via Twitter – @KevinN37 – and give me the details. You can also comment on here. And like I said, if I am wrong, I will admit it and write an apology post to the HHOF.
Thanks for reading. I promise I will get back to the Wings posts soon enough.