2011–12 Lokomotiv Yaroslavl season

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The 2011–12 Lokomotiv Yaroslavl season was the franchise's 52nd season of play in professional ice hockey in Russia. It was supposed to be its fourth season in the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL). The season was scheduled to start on September 8, 2011. However, on September 7, while traveling to their season opener, the team's plane crashed, killing 43 people, including 25 roster players, and 11 members of the team staff. Only Alexander Galimov survived the initial impact of the crash with severe injuries, but died on September 12. Another roster player, Maxim Zyuzyakin, did not travel with the team on the plane. As a consequence, the league cancelled the September 7 Opening Cup game between Salavat Yulaev and Atlant already in progress, postponing the opening of the KHL season until September 12.

The tragedy forced Lokomotiv Yaroslavl to cancel their participation in the 2011–12 KHL season.[1] Instead, the club participated in the 2011–12 season of the Russian Major League (VHL), the second top ice hockey league in Russia after the KHL, starting in December 2011, and was eligible for the MHL playoffs. Also, Lokomotiv Yaroslavl's squad for the 2012–13 KHL season would automatically be qualified for the KHL playoffs that season, and the club could request allowance to use more than six non-Russian players in the KHL squad.[2][3]


Lokomotiv lost in the 2011 KHL Western Conference Finals 4–2 to Atlant. Following this playoff disappointment, eleven players (most notably former NHLers Daniel Tjärnqvist and Alexander Korolyuk) left the team, and nine players were added to the roster for the upcoming 2011–12 KHL season. The players set to make their debut with the team notably included former NHLers Ruslan Salei and Kārlis Skrastiņš. Also set to make their coaching debuts were former NHLers Brad McCrimmon and Igor Korolev.


The team played nine pre-season games, finishing with a 7–2 record, and won their second straight Latvian Railways Cup (August 23–27), a pre-season KHL tournament. On September 3, the players played their final game, at home against Torpedo, winning 5–2. Alexander Galimov, the sole team survivor of the initial impact, scored the last goal of that game, sealing the win for Lokomotiv with an empty net goal.

2011 pre-season game log: 7–2–0
# Date Visitor Score Home OT/SO Decision Reference
1 August 10 (in Visp, Switzerland) Lokomotiv 7 – 2 EHC Visp Liv [4]
2 August 12 (in Leukerbad, Switzerland) Lokomotiv 3 – 4 SC Bern Liv [5]
3 August 13 (in Leukerbad, Switzerland) Lokomotiv 5 – 1 HC Ambrì-Piotta Vyukhin [6]
4 August 23 (in Riga, Latvia) Lokomotiv 2 – 3 Neftekhimik SO Vyukhin [7]
5 August 24 (in Riga, Latvia) Lokomotiv 1 – 0 Atlant Liv [8]
6 August 26 (in Riga, Latvia) Lokomotiv 3 – 0 Dinamo Minsk Liv [9]
7 August 27 (in Riga, Latvia) Lokomotiv 3 – 0 Neftekhimik Liv [10]
8 September 1 Severstal 3 – 5 Lokomotiv Vyukhin [11]
9 September 3 Torpedo 2 – 5 Lokomotiv Liv [12]


All players and most of the team staff were killed on 7 September 2011 when the Yak-Service Yak-42 that was chartered by the team crashed on takeoff from Tunoshna Airport in Yaroslavl, into the Volga River. Alexander Galimov survived the crash, but later died five days later of his injuries.[13][14][15] Goalie coach Jorma Valtonen and forward Maxim Zyuzyakin were not on the flight.

Rebuilding the team[edit]

It was announced by KHL president Alexander Medvedev that a disaster draft would be conducted to assemble a new team for Lokomotiv Yaroslavl. Every other team in the league would select up to three players for the pool of 40–45 players for Lokomotiv to select in the disaster draft, which selected up to 14 players, as five players were promoted from Lokomotiv's youth team, and forward Maxim Zyuzyakin, who did not travel with the team, formed the core of the roster before the start of the disaster draft.[16] The drafted players will continue to receive salaries from their respective teams.[17] Lokomotiv's former coach Petr Vorobiev was hired as the new head coach. On September 10, at the team's public memorial service, team president Yuri Yakovlev announced that Lokomotiv would not participate in the 2011–12 KHL season.[1]

Instead, the club participated in the 2011–12 season of the Russian Major League (VHL), the second top ice hockey league in Russia after the KHL. In October 2011, the team announced that its first game in the VHL would take place on 12 December 2011 at home ice. Players between 17 and 22 years old under contract to KHL and VHL teams were made available for Lokomotiv to build a roster. The team will play 22 games in the VHL, playing each team once. Its participation in the playoffs will be dependent on its winning percentage compared to other teams at the end of the season.[18]

Schedule and results[edit]

Regular season[edit]

2011–12 game log: 13–6–3 (home: 9–1–2; road: 4–5–1)


2012 VHL playoffs: 5–5

Team at the time of crash[edit]

Remembered September 7, 2011.[19]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
57 Russia Anikeyenko, VitalyVitaly Anikeyenko D R 24 2005 Kiev, Ukrainian SSR
39 Russia Balandin, MikhailMikhail Balandin D L 31 2011 Lipetsk, Russian SFSR
21 Russia Churilov, GennadyGennady Churilov C L 24 2005 Magnitogorsk, Russian SFSR
38 Slovakia Demitra, PavolPavol Demitra C L 36 2010 Dubnica nad Váhom, Czechoslovakia
20 Germany Dietrich, RobertRobert Dietrich D L 25 2011 Ordzhonikidze, Ukrainian SSR
11 Russia Galimov, AlexanderAlexander Galimov RW L 26 2004 Yaroslavl, Russian SFSR
74 Russia Kalimulin, MaratMarat Kalimulin D R 23 2010 Togliatti, Russian SFSR
28 Russia Kalyanin, AlexanderAlexander Kalyanin RW L 23 2008 Chelyabinsk, Russian SFSR
83 Russia Kiryukhin, AndreiAndrei Kiryukhin RW L 24 2005 Yaroslavl, Russian SFSR
23 Russia Klyukin, NikitaNikita Klyukin C L 21 2005 Rybinsk, Russian SFSR
1 Sweden Liv, StefanStefan Liv G L 30 2011 Gdynia, Poland
15 Czech Republic Marek, JanJan Marek C R 31 2011 Jindřichův Hradec, Czechoslovakia
32 Russia Ostapchuk, SergeiSergei Ostapchuk LW R 21 2007 Novopolotsk, Belorussian SSR
4 Czech Republic Rachůnek, KarelKarel Rachůnek (C) D R 32 2010 Gottwaldov, Czechoslovakia
24 Belarus Salei, RuslanRuslan Salei D L 36 2011 Minsk, Belorussian SSR
52 Russia Shuvalov, MaximMaxim Shuvalov D L 18 2010 Rybinsk, Russia
37 Latvia Skrastiņš, KārlisKārlis Skrastiņš D R 37 2011 Riga, Latvia
69 Russia Snurnitsyn, PavelPavel Snurnitsyn F L 19 2009 Yaroslavl, Russia
13 Russia Sobchenko, DaniilDaniil Sobchenko C L 20 2007 Kiev, Ukrainian SSR
17 Russia Tkachenko, IvanIvan Tkachenko (A) LW L 31 2001 Yaroslavl, Russian SFSR
3 Russia Trakhanov, PavelPavel Trakhanov D L 33 2011 Moscow, Russian SFSR
81 Russia Urychev, YuriYuri Urychev D R 20 2009 Yaroslavl, Russian SFSR
63 Czech Republic Vasicek, JosefJosef Vasicek (A) C L 30 2008 Havlíčkův Brod, Czechoslovakia
18 Russia Vasyunov, AlexanderAlexander Vasyunov LW R 23 2011 Yaroslavl, Russian SFSR
35 Ukraine Vyukhin, AlexanderAlexander Vyukhin G L 38 2010 Sverdlovsk, Russian SFSR
72 Russia Yarchuk, ArtemArtem Yarchuk LW L 21 2010 Yaroslavl, Russian SFSR
61 Russia Zyuzyakin*, MaximMaxim Zyuzyakin* F R 20 2008 Novokuznetsk, Russian SFSR


Person Age Country Title
Brad McCrimmon[20] 52 Canada Head Coach
Alexander Karpovtsev[21] 41 Russia Assistant Coach
Igor Korolev[21] 41 Russia/Canada Assistant Coach
Jorma Valtonen* 64 Finland Goalie Coach
Yuri Bakhvalov - - physician/massage therapist[22]
Aleksandr Belyayev - - Equipment manager/massage therapist
Nikolai Krivonosov 31 Belarus Fitness coach
Yevgeni Kunnov - - Massage therapist
Vyacheslav Kuznetsov - - Massage therapist
Vladimir Piskunov 52 Russia Administrator
Yevgeni Sidorov - - Coach-analyst
Andrei Zimin - - Team doctor
  • Zyuzyakin and Valtonen were the only club members not aboard the plane.


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