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NHL teams rolling out tributes to crash victims

09/15/2011 12:47 EDT | Updated 01/12/2012 02:09 EST

The Carolina Hurricanes announced on Thursday that they will wear a commemorative patch on their jersey this season in honour of Josef Vasicek, one of several former NHLers killed in last week's plane crash in Russia.

The club is also planning a tribute to Vasicek prior to the team's regular-season home opener against Tampa Bay on Oct. 7.

Vasicek played nearly five seasons with the Hurricanes, including as part of their Stanley Cup winning team in 2006.

The 30-year-old was among 37 players, coaches and staff of Russia's Lokomotiv Yaroslavl hockey club who died on Sept. 7 when their Yak-42 jet crashed outside Yaroslavl en route to their first game of the season.

Player Alexander Galimov died this week after being badly burned in the crash, bringing the total death toll to 44. Flight crew member Alexander Sizov is the only person from the crash who is in hospital, in intensive care at Moscow's Sklifosovsky hospital.

The Dallas Stars earlier in the week said that their helmets this season will include a No. 37 decal, the number worn by Karlis Skrastins over the past two seasons.

Skrastins signed with Lokomotiv in the summer.

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