Start of Czech hockey league season postponed

The start of the Czech hockey league season will be postponed

due to the funeral of one of the three Czech victims of the plane

crash that killed an entire team in Russia.

Karel Rachunek, Jan Marek and Josef Vasicek were among 37

players, coaches and staff of Russia’s Lokomotiv Yaroslav hockey

club who were killed last week when their Yak-42 jet crashed

outside Yaroslavl en route to their first game of the season.

The Czech league announced Monday that the start of the season

will be postponed from Friday to Sunday because of Marek’s funeral

on Friday in the town of Jindrichuv Hradec.

Rachunek will be buried in Zlin on Wednesday and Vasicek’s

funeral is scheduled for Thursday in Havlickuv Brod.

They helped the Czech national team win the world championship

in 2005 and 2010.