Thursday, September 8, 2011
RUSSIAN HOCKEY TRAGEDY
Picture yourself supporting and rooting for your favourite team. You follow the team religiously, buy the merchindise, and attend the games. Then all of a sudden its gone, completely wiped out about a terrible tragedy. That's likely how you fell this morning if you support the KHL team Lokomotiv Now multiply that by about a 1000 times and you might scratch the surface as to how friends and family members are feeling this morning as they try to pick up the pieces left by 43 people perishing in a plane crash. I could separate those who plied their trade for NHL teams in the past, but that would not do justice to the rest of the victims, each with friends, each with families, each with careers.
Russian air safety has been thrust into the limelight already after this awful, awful tragedy. Preventable? Early indications are that Russian air safety has been, well lets just say, lacking. Time, and a thorough investigation, will reveal the truth, and hopefully the appropriate measures are taken. It is just sad that it takes a tragedy such as this peel back the layers and thoroughly shine a light on what could have happened.
It is just so sad that we, as a society, tend to be more reactive than proactive.
The NHL would do right by having players wear a patch for the whole year to honour those whose lives were lost.
It is another blog I wished that I did not have to write. In this off-season of bleak news in hockey, training camps cannot start fast enough so that the focus can be on the ice.