The New York Rangers lost three members of their family on Wednesday after the tragic crash of an airplane that was carrying members of the Lokomotiv Yaroslavl team of the Kontinental Hockey League.
Alexander Karpovtsev, Karel Rachunek and Jan Marek were all lost in the crash in Yaroslavl, Russia.
Of course out of the three, Karpovtsev is the most known after helping guide the Blueshirts to their first Stanley Cup win in 54 years. But you cannot discount the player that Rachunek was as well.
Rachunek played in 78 games with the Rangers over two seasons. He had 7 goals and 23 assists for 30 points between the 2003-04 and 2006-07 seasons. In between both of his stints in New York he went right back to playing for Lokomotiv Yaroslavl.
Rachunek, 32, was coming off his best professional hockey season in Russia after notching 11 goals to go along with 35 assists, and he did it all while having fun for a team he loved.
I found these pictures during a search and it brought back many good memories of how happy Karel was to be a Ranger and how quick he embraced New York.
Rachunek joined Brendan Shananhan, Joel Ward, Adam Hall and Fedor Tyutin to visit Firefighters in Tarrytown, NY a bunch of years ago at the same time delivering a bunch of pizza’s and serving drinks to all the members of the firehouse. The Blueshirts that day also helped wash the fire trucks. All of the members that day of both the Rangers and the Firehouse had a blast but watching them was also like watching kids in a candy store, they were thrilled to help out these brave men.
Enjoy these pictures and remember all the lost souls who died on Wednesday in such a tragic accident.
They are all gone, way to soon in life, but will never be forgotten by their family, their friends, the NHL, the KHL and professional hockey fans around the world.
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