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International hockey season in Belarus to be opened by Memorial Tournament for Ruslan Salei.
One of the best hockey players in the history of hockey - the captain of the national team - died in a plane crash near Yaroslavl a year ago. The Memorial Tournament for Ruslan Salei kicks off on August 24.
Nikolay Stulo reports: The tragedy near Yaroslavl claimed the lives of 44 people.
Three Belarusians - Ruslan Salei, Sergei Ostapchuk, Nikolay Krivonosov - were on board.
The next day instead of a KHL match by the decision of the President of the Republic of Belarus an evening-requiem was held in memory of hockey players of HC Lokomotiv in Minsk-Arena.
The idea of the Memorial Tournament for Ruslan Salei was born at that time. He was the captain of the national team, a leader by nature in the strongest league in the world - the NHL. He played more than 900 games - more than any of the Belarusians.
Number 24 is fixed forever for Salei in the Belarusian national team. Correspondent of the TV News Agency Anna Eismont prepares a documentary dedicated to the anniversary of the tragedy.
(Alexei Kalyuzhny, striker of the Belarusian ice hockey national team)
(Anzhela Salei, sister of Ruslan Salei)
Three teams - two strongest from Belarus: Dynamo and Metallurg, as well as Chekhov Vityaz - will take part the first tournament in memory of Ruslan Salei.
(Ivan Karaichev, Head of the Press-Service of the HC Dynamo-Minsk)
Friends and family of Ruslan Salei will gather in Minsk-Arena on August 24.
(Viktor Melnikov, Deputy Director General of HC Dynamo-Minsk)
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