Lokomotiv Yaroslavl Will Play 2011-12 KHL Season Following Plane Crash

It seems impossible to fathom, but at some point this year, Lokomotiv Yaroslavl will take to the ice and play KHL hockey games. We don't know exactly who will make up the roster, although several players from other KHL teams have apparently volunteered to switch teams.

Puck Worlds, SB Nation's international hockey blog, has more details:

Lokomotiv will play in 2011-12.  The makeup of the team is still yet to be determined, but it looks like it will be made up of players on loan from other clubs, free agents, and players who were on the team's MHL and VHL affiliates.  Reports are that around 30 current KHL players have already volunteered to play for Yaroslavl this season. 

In the meantime, Lokomotiv has a new head coach.  Pyotor Vorobyev, who coached Yaroslavl in their late 1990s heyday and was with their MHL club, will be taking over the coaching duties for the 2011-12 season. 

We don't know when Lokomotiv will hit the ice again or when the team will be assembled, but we do know that the KHL season will continue sooner than later. The league announced Thursday that they'll resume the season, which was only in its first day on Wednesday before the tragic plane crash, on Monday, September 12. All canceled games will be played at a later date. 

The Monday date will allow all those associated with the league to attend a memorial service for Lokomotiv Yaroslavl, which will take place on Saturday at Yaroslavl Arena. Russia's national airline, Aeroflot, has offered to fly all family and friends of the deceased to the memorial free of charge. 

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