Retrospectives and anniversaries of tragedies are hard for me to write on. Tragedies themselves find me at a loss of words, but to ask how I feel a year or so after one happens just seems to make the words come out clunkier. I know that I write because I’m a terrible verbal communicator, but when it comes to serious topics, it’s almost as though my chronic muteness comes out on paper as well. Factor in that I didn’t know anyone lost personally, and I fear any sort of reflection would come across as trite.
I’m not going to write a huge retrospective on Pavol Demitra and Igor Korolev, nor on Brad McCrimmon. If you want a retrospective, I’ve re-published mine on Demitra over on SB Nation St. Louis. I did just want to take a moment to remember those that passed away a year ago today and say that the hockey world is better off for having known those who died. Lokomotiv Yarlslavl is back on the ice this season, re-built from the ground up. Former Blue Curtis Sanford is continuing the St. Louis link to the team by tending goal for them. They, as an on-ice product, have returned. It’s still important to remember though that those who made up the team a year ago will not.