Stars will remember Karlis Skrastins with '37' decal this season


The Dallas Stars will wear a “37” decal on the back of their helmets this season in memory of defenseman Karlis Skrastins, the former Star who died last week in the crash of a plane carrying the KHL team Lokomotiv.

Skrastins wore No. 37 the last two seasons for the Stars.

The Stars also said they will hold a short remembrance and moment of silence prior to the team’s first home preseason game on Sept. 22 vs. Colorado, remembering Skrastins, former Avalanche players Wade Belak and Ruslan Salei, as well as the other NHL players and alumni who passed away this summer. Salei was killed in the KHL plane crash and Belak was found dead in Toronto earlier this month.

The club also said Monday that defenseman Brad Lukowich, who was scheduled to wear No. 37 this season, will change his number to 47.