Hurricanes Plan Tribute To Josef Vasicek

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- The Carolina Hurricanes will honor popular former player Josef Vasicek with a patch on their sweaters during this season.

The team also announced Thursday that it will pay tribute to Vasicek before its opener Oct. 7 and will create a display in the players' lounge to celebrate Vasicek's life and contributions to the franchise.

Vasicek was one of 44 people killed in a plane crash last week that wiped out an entire Russian hockey club. He was part of the 2006 Carolina team that won the franchise's only Stanley Cup.

General manager Jim Rutherford says the Hurricanes "feel that it is important to remember and honor his life."

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