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NBC looks back at Locomotiv disaster

Lokomotiv Yaroslavl players listen to the national anthem

Lokomotiv Yaroslavl players listen to the national anthem prior to their Russian High Hockey League game against Neftyanik, in Yaroslavl, Russia on Dec. 12, 2011. On Sept. 7, 2011, a Russian jet crashed and killed 43 people, including 36 players, coaches and staff of the Lokomotiv Yaroslavl ice hockey team. On Monday a restored Lokomotiv team played it's first match after the crash in the Russian Ice hockey second division league beating its rivals 5-1. (Credit: AP)

Sources tell me the Olympics will go on even after both American hockey teams were eliminated from gold medal contention, and with that in mind I recommend a feature that NBC plans for its afternoon show Saturday.

It is not tied directly to the Olympics but it is tied to hockey and Russia. The documentary, "Lokomotiv," looks back at the Sept. 7, 2011, plane crash that wiped out the Yaroslavl-based team in the Kontinental Hockey League and prompted mourning worldwide in the hockey communty.

The crash killed 37 players, coaches and staff - including a number of familiar NHL and Olympian names - and inspired a memorial service attended by nearly 100,000 people, including Russian president Vladimir Putin.

The piece focuses not only on the crash and its aftermath but on the rebirth of pro hockey in the city.

Tom Rowe, who coached the 2012-13 team upon its return to the KHL, says in the feature , "When I came here, they said to me, ‘In North America, you have your sports – football, baseball, hockey – in Russia, and especially in Yaroslavl, this is our life.’…it’s like coaching the Montreal Canadiens. That’s how passionate these people are.”

Tags: Olympics , hockey

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