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A Statement On Lokomotiv Yaroslavl

Today, I had a piece going up about Cam Barker and whether or not he’d be able to cut the mustard in Edmonton this season.

That is, until I woke up and heard what happened in Yaroslavl, Russia today.

A plane carrying the entire Lokomotiv Yaroslavl hockey team of the KHL went down en route to the team’s season opener in Belarus, killing all but two people on board.

This disaster leaves a giant hole in the lives of many families, friends, and fans, and it leaves a great many people searching for ‘why’.  Not so much ‘why’ a plane went down, but ‘why’ in the hell can something like this happen?

How can the lives of 44 people be truncated so cruelly, so quickly, and without satisfactory reason?

It makes sport look so trivial.

We try to have fun as much as we can with our Oilers.  We gripe and moan about the last place finishes, how the goaltending sometimes leave much to be desired and many other things about sport.

At the end of the day, no matter how good or bad our Oilers might be, it doesn’t matter if the lives of those playing the game are taken from us in such a damning manner.

I know a bunch of you have families and a few guys who post here still have their Dads and Moms. Today’s the day to tell them you love them, buy them a Skilsaw or a double-double and remember they’re gone forever when they go.

-Lowetide on Father’s Day 2010

When I heard about this incident in Russia, I immediately thought of Lowetide’s 2010 Father’s Day post. Call your kids, your parents if you can, call your friends, anyone you know.  Tell them how important they are in your life.

No one sees things like this coming, and they shouldn’t have to.  It’s not right.  It just isn’t.

Now, we are here today.  Angry, frustrated.  Saddened.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the countless lives that are forever changed from the unfortunate tragedy that took place today.

Today, the world lost nearly a dozen former NHL players in a plane accident.

More importantly, 44 families lost a father,  or son, or husband, and a voice.

In a symbolic gesture, the Fansided Network will observe a moment of silence on Friday at 07:00AM local time (09:00 AM EST) on Twitter.   Keep the families of those involved in this tragedy in your thoughts throughout your day.

May you find peace.

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