On the one-year anniversary of the tragic plane crash that took 44 lives, including those of almost the entire Lokomotiv Yaroslavl roster and staff, people around the world have been paying their respects. A number of former players, including Wayne Gretzky, Brett Hull and Mark Messier, are in Russia this week to attend a ceremony commemorating the anniversary.
But the majority of the tributes have come courtesy of the Twittersphere, where several clubs and players have posted their thoughts on this somber occasion.
Here are some of today's tweets honoring the victims of last year's tragedy:
Thomas Vanek, Buffalo Sabres, @T_Vanek26: Thoughts and prayers go out to the families and friends of #Lokomotiv #pepe63
Brandon Segal, New York Rangers, @brandon_segal: Never forgot the tragic events that happened a year ago today. #Yaroslavllokomotiv rip karlis
Alex Ovechkin, Washington Capitals, @ovi8: 1 year without you guys.))) U always in our hearts.....we always pray for you and family!! #Love4Lokomotiv
Jakub Voracek, Philadelphia Flyers, @jachobe: Still in our hearts!!! U r being missed here:(!! Keep looking out for us from above!!#lokomotivjaroslavl!!
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Scottie Upshall, Florida Panthers, @ScottieUpshall: Thoughts and Prayers go out to the families and friends of last years Lokomotiv Hockey team today. #theworldremembers @love4lokomotiv
Jim Slater, Winnipeg Jets, @slaterjim: Thoughts and prayers with all that deceased in the Russian plane crash last year. One in particular to coach Brad McCrimmon who I played 4.
Matt Martin, New York Islanders, @mattymarts17: A year ago today tragedy struck the hockey world, my thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends involved. RIP. #love4lokomotiv
Jhonas Enroth, Buffalo Sabres, @JEnroth125: R. I. P. Stefan Liv and Lokomotiv Jaroslav.
Bruno Gervais, Philadelphia Flyers, @bruno_gervais27: Thoughts and prayers to the families and friends of the Lokomotiv organization. Mes prieres aux familles et amis des membres du Lokomotiv
Brent Sopel, former NHLer, @BrentSopel: One year ago hockey changed forever. We will never forget the guys or the loved ones touched by the Lokomotiv plane crash. #brotherhood
Anze Kopitar, Los Angeles Kings, @AnzeKopitar: One year since Lokomotiv tragedy... My thoughts and prayers are with the families and everybody involved... #hockeyfamily
Gabriel Landeskog, Colorado Avalanche, @GabeLandeskog92: Thoughts go out to players, families and friends affected by the plane crash a year ago. Take nothing for granted. R.I.P Lokomotiv Yaroslavl.
St. Louis Blues, @StLouisBlues: Today we remember former #stlblues Pavol Demitra & Igor Korolev, who died one year ago today in the Lokomotiv tragedy.
New Jersey Devils, @NHLDevils: A year ago today the hockey world suffered a tragic loss when the #KHL #Lokomotiv plane crashed. Remember them.
Pittsburgh Penguins, @penguins: We remember those lost in the Lokomotiv tragedy one year ago today:
Anaheim Ducks, @AnaheimDucks: A year ago, ex-Mighty Duck Ruslan Salei died in the Lokomotiv crash. We celebrate his legacy today. #RIPRust
New York Rangers, @thenyrangers: Our Blueshirt family remembers all #Lokomotiv players and their families today.
Toronto Maple Leafs, @MapleLeafs: We remember Igor Korolev & Alexander Karpovtsev one year after the Lokomotiv tragedy #Love4Lokomotiv
Detroit Red Wings, @DetroitRedWings: One year later, we remember Brad McCrimmon, Ruslan Salei, Stefan Liv, and Lokomotiv. #Foreverinourhearts #neverforget
Minnesota Wild, @mnwild: Today we remember Pavol Demitra, who was lost in the tragic Lokomotiv plane crash one year ago today:
Igor Kravchuk, Former NHLer, @KravchukIgor: It's been a year since "Loko" is gone. Most of us dedicated r small or big wins to them! We remember u all! R.I.P"Lokomotiv". Never forget u!
Lukas Sutter, Winnipeg Jets, @Suttsy23: Thinking of the McCrimmon family today. Honored to have developed a relationship with Byron, truly an inspiring man. #RememberLokomotiv