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Today in Hockey History: Sept. 7 - The Hockey Writers

One of the worst tragedies in hockey history occurred on Sept. 7, 2011. Lokomotiv Yaroslavl boarded a plane headed towards Minsk for their opening game of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHK) 2011-12 season. A botched take-off caused the plane to almost immediately crash near Tunoshna Airport.

Brad McCrimmon and Ruslan Salei were on the flight.

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Matt Dumba wins 2020 King Clancy Memorial Trophy - Hockey Wilderness

We’ve spoken ad nauseam about Dumba’s many contributions off the ice over the last few months. Not only has he donated a significant amount of money for those impacted by COVID-19, but he also donated over $11,000 for Australian wild fire relief while continuing to serve as a player representative for ACES (Athletes Committed to Educating Students).

More notable, however, have been Dumba’s efforts to bring awareness to North America’s ongoing racial inequality issues. He’s already donated $100,000 to those in the Lake Street community impacted by the fallout from the murder of George Floyd, and he also delivered one of the most important speeches in recent hockey memory before a play-in contest between the Chicago Blackhawks and Edmonton Oilers, becoming the first player in NHL history to kneel for the national anthem.