The Carolina Hurricanes
will wear a patch on their sweaters this season in memory of former Hurricane Josef Vasicek
, who was among the 44 people killed in a Sept. 7 plane crash outside of Yaroslavl, Russia. Twenty-eight players, two coaches and seven staff members of the KHL's Yaroslavl Lokomotiv club died.
In addition to the patch, the team will pay tribute to Vasicek prior to its Oct. 7 regular-season home opener against the Tampa Bay Lightning
at the RBC Center.
"We are deeply saddened that Josef is no longer with us, and feel that it is important to remember and honor his life," said GM Jim Rutherford. "A part of both of our teams that reached the Stanley Cup Final, he played an important role in helping us establish our footing as a franchise in North Carolina. Beyond that, he was respected and well-liked by all, and we continue to hear from fans whose lives Josef touched. He is greatly missed."