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Lokomotiv Yaroslavl
(Локомотив Яросла́вль)
Lokomotiv Yaroslavl (Локомотив Яросла́вль)
Division Kharlamov
Founded 1949
Home Arena Arena 2000
City Yaroslavl, Russia
Colors red, blue and white
General Manager Yuri Lukin
Head Coach Kari Heikkilä
Captain Alexei Kudashov

Lokomotiv Yaroslavl is a professional club of the Continental Hockey League based in Yaroslavl, Yaroslavl Oblast, Russia. The club was founded in 1949.

Through the years, the team was renamed several times:

  • 1949-1955: Lokomotiv Yaroslavl
  • 1955-1956: Spartak Yaroslavl
  • 1956-1957: Khimik Yaroslavl
  • 1959-1963: HC YMZ
  • 1963-1964: Trud Yaroslavl
  • 1964-1965: Motor Yaroslavl
  • 1965-2000: Torpedo Yaroslavl

Yaroslavl became a consistent winner club during the 1990s. In 1997, head coach Petr Vorobiev led the team to its first Russian Superleague title; coach Vladimir Vujtek Sr. led the team to back to back championships in 2002 and 2003.

Plane crash

2010 Team Photo

On September 7, 2011, all but one of the Lokomotiv Yaroslavl hockey club's roster were killed in a plane crash while traveling to an away game in Minsk.[1] The airplane caught fire and crashed shortly after take-off, 2.5 km from Tunoshna Airport. Preliminary reports say that all 45 passengers on board had been killed,[2] Updated* One player from Lokomotiv had survived the initial crash. Alexander Galimov, a 26-year-old forward who had been with the team since 2004, had been hospitalized with burns to 80 percent of his body. 26 bodies have thus been recovered.[3] On September 12, 2011, Alexander Galimov, despite continuing therapy using all possible contemporary treatment, passed away.[4]