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Topic - Sergei Ostapchuk
A year ago, Alex Ovechkin and Stan Galiev were on the ice in Arlington, Va., for some informal preseason workouts when they heard the news.
Before stepping onto the ice for an informal preseason workout Wednesday, Alex Ovechkin learned the awful news: A plane carrying Russian team Lokomotiv Yaroslavl of the Kontinental Hockey League had crashed, killing at least 43 of the 45 people on board.
Galiev knew three players in the crash — Yuri Urychev, Daniil Sobchenko and Sergei Ostapchuk — and wrote on Twitter that his friends "will be in my heart forever."