Mourning 3 guys (Belak: suicide; Rypien: suicide; Boogaard: mixing painkillers with alcohol) who took their own lives is completely understandable. But these were 43+ who didn’t choose to die. Let’s not let their foreignness subdue anything here.
Much appreciation to every person who plays / has played the game of hockey. They’re the reason the fans get what they want, and they put their physical and mental health, as well as lives, on the line to try to fulfill some sense of career, accomplishment, and/or happiness. Today, the world lost some of the few who are lucky and good enough to see those sacrifices pay off professionally. There were a lot of former and future NHLers on that plane, but that’s not specifically what this is about. It’s about the game, and today, the game lost.