If there is any positive to be taken from September's Lokomotiv Yaroslavl tragedy, it's the swift response by the international hockey community to provide comfort and support to the grieving families.
Love for Lokomotiv, a fundraising effort organized by hockey wives Kodette LaBarbera, Katerina Jokinen, Brijet Whitney and Erica Lundmark, is aiding the families affected by the tragedy through sales of memory bracelets. 100 of the proceeds raised will go to the Foundation set up in honor of the lost team.
LaBarbera, wife of Phoenix Coyotes goaltender Jason, was taken aback by the universal, world-wide support for the Love for Lokomotiv endeavor. Donations and orders for bracelets were received from Israel, Australia and Abu Dhabi, in addition to the terrific North American-backing by the National Hockey League and the participation by all thirty teams.
"Everyone has been united," LaBarbera said, noting the overwhelming support throughout all levels of professiona...