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Russia's Lokomotiv Varoslavl hockey team continues to rebuild — far from home — after the devastating plane crash on Sept. 7, 2011 that killed 43 people including 36 players, coaches and staff.

  • In this Sunday, Aug. 21, 2011 photo the Lokomotiv ice team poses in the Lokomotiv Arena in the city of Yaroslavl, located on the Volga River about 240 kilometres northeast of Moscow, Russia.

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    In this Sunday, Aug. 21, 2011 photo the Lokomotiv ice team poses in the Lokomotiv Arena in the city of Yaroslavl, located on the Volga River about 240 kilometres northeast of Moscow, Russia.

  • Rescuers work at the crash site of the Russian Yak-42 jet near the city of Yaroslavl on Sept. 7, 2011. The jet was carrying the Lokomotiv hockey team and crashed while taking off.

    Misha Japaridze / The Associated Press archives

    Rescuers work at the crash site of the Russian Yak-42 jet near the city of Yaroslavl on Sept. 7, 2011. The jet was carrying the Lokomotiv hockey team and crashed while taking off.

  • The tail section of the Yak-42 jet that crashed is seen in the foreground as a plane lands at the airport near Yaroslavl Russia on Friday, Sept. 9, 2011. The team had been heading to Minsk, Belarus to play its opening game of the Kontinental Hockey League season.

    Misha Japaridze / The Associated Press archives

    The tail section of the Yak-42 jet that crashed is seen in the foreground as a plane lands at the airport near Yaroslavl Russia on Friday, Sept. 9, 2011. The team had been heading to Minsk, Belarus to play its opening game of the Kontinental Hockey League season.

  • Thousands of flowers, team shirts, and flags are laid outside Arena Yaroslavl, the home rink of Lokomotiv Yaroslavl, on Thursday, Sept. 8, 2011.

    Misha Japaridze / The Associated Press archives

    Thousands of flowers, team shirts, and flags are laid outside Arena Yaroslavl, the home rink of Lokomotiv Yaroslavl, on Thursday, Sept. 8, 2011.

  • People gather at Old Town Square in Prague, Czech Republic the day after the Lokomotiv plane crash. Three Czechs — Josef Vasicek, Karel Rachunek and Jan Marek (seen from left to right on a poster in the picture) — played for the team and were killed in the crash. The Old Town Square is the place where Czech hockey players usually celebrate their successes with fans.

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    People gather at Old Town Square in Prague, Czech Republic the day after the Lokomotiv plane crash. Three Czechs — Josef Vasicek, Karel Rachunek and Jan Marek (seen from left to right on a poster in the picture) — played for the team and were killed in the crash. The Old Town Square is the place where Czech hockey players usually celebrate their successes with fans.

  • Lokomotiv Yaroslavl fans and believers pray during a commemorative service at a church in Yaroslavl, Russia the day after the plane crash.

    Misha Japaridze / The Associated Press archives

    Lokomotiv Yaroslavl fans and believers pray during a commemorative service at a church in Yaroslavl, Russia the day after the plane crash.

  • Mourners pass a line of coffins at a memorial service in Arena Yaroslavl for the victims of the plane crash the Saturday after the plane went down.

    Misha Japaridze / The Associated Press archives

    Mourners pass a line of coffins at a memorial service in Arena Yaroslavl for the victims of the plane crash the Saturday after the plane went down.

  • A woman grieves in front of a lineup of player photographs at the memorial service in Arena Yaroslavl for the victims of the plane crash. The team had been heading to Minsk, Belarus to play its opening game of the Kontinental Hockey League season.

    Misha Japaridze / The Associated Press archive

    A woman grieves in front of a lineup of player photographs at the memorial service in Arena Yaroslavl for the victims of the plane crash. The team had been heading to Minsk, Belarus to play its opening game of the Kontinental Hockey League season.

  • A relative of one of the victims of the plane crash grieves at a memorial service in the Arena Yaroslavl on Saturday, Sept. 10, 2011.

    Misha Japaridze / The Associated Press archives

    A relative of one of the victims of the plane crash grieves at a memorial service in the Arena Yaroslavl on Saturday, Sept. 10, 2011.

  • Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin lays flowers during a memorial ceremony for the victims of the Russian plane crash in Arena Yaroslavl on Saturday, Sept. 10, 2011.

    Alexei Nikolsky / The Associated Press archives

    Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin lays flowers during a memorial ceremony for the victims of the Russian plane crash in Arena Yaroslavl on Saturday, Sept. 10, 2011.

  • The Dallas Stars remember the life of former NHL player Karlis Skrastins before a game against the Calgary Flames in Dallas, Saturday, March 24, 2012. The Latvian-born Skrastins was a member of the Lokomotiv Yaroslavl team when the their plane crashed in September 2011. The Stars wore No. 37 patches on their uniforms in honour of Skrastins, who played two full seasons in Dallas.

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    The Dallas Stars remember the life of former NHL player Karlis Skrastins before a game against the Calgary Flames in Dallas, Saturday, March 24, 2012. The Latvian-born Skrastins was a member of the Lokomotiv Yaroslavl team when the their plane crashed in September 2011. The Stars wore No. 37 patches on their uniforms in honour of Skrastins, who played two full seasons in Dallas.

  • Yaroslavl Lokomotiv's Alex Kruchinin (left) and Emil Galimov laugh during a workout session, Thursday, May 9, 2013, in Manheim, Pa. The Russian hockey club continues to transform and rebuild far from the Volga River as the team rebuilds after one of the worst aviation disasters in sports history.

    Matt Slocum / The Associated Press

    Yaroslavl Lokomotiv's Alex Kruchinin (left) and Emil Galimov laugh during a workout session, Thursday, May 9, 2013, in Manheim, Pa. The Russian hockey club continues to transform and rebuild far from the Volga River as the team rebuilds after one of the worst aviation disasters in sports history.

  • Yaroslavl Lokomotiv's Alex Kruchinin (left) exercises with trainer Steve Saunders during a workout session Thursday, May 9, 2013, in Manheim, Pa.

    Matt Slocum / The Associated Press

    Yaroslavl Lokomotiv's Alex Kruchinin (left) exercises with trainer Steve Saunders during a workout session Thursday, May 9, 2013, in Manheim, Pa.

  • Yaroslavl Lokomotiv's Emil Galimov kicks a ball with teammates after a workout session Thursday, May 9, 2013, in Manheim, Pa.

    Matt Slocum / The Associated Press

    Yaroslavl Lokomotiv's Emil Galimov kicks a ball with teammates after a workout session Thursday, May 9, 2013, in Manheim, Pa.

  • Yaroslavl Lokomotiv's Alex Kruchinin watches a teammate exercise during a workout session Thursday, May 9, 2013, in Manheim, Pa.

    Matt Slocum / The Associated Press

    Yaroslavl Lokomotiv's Alex Kruchinin watches a teammate exercise during a workout session Thursday, May 9, 2013, in Manheim, Pa.

  • Yaroslavl Lokomotiv's Egor Yakovlev walks past a row of exercise machines after a workout session, Thursday, May 9, 2013, in Manheim, Pa.

    Matt Slocum / The Associated Press

    Yaroslavl Lokomotiv's Egor Yakovlev walks past a row of exercise machines after a workout session, Thursday, May 9, 2013, in Manheim, Pa.

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