One year later, loss still painful

Updated: September 7, 2012, 11:46 PM ET
By Scott Burnside | ESPN.com

The moment Jan Filc heard the news that the Lokomotiv Jaroslavl team plane had crashed shortly after takeoff a year ago, he frantically began calling all of the numbers he had for countryman Pavol Demitra.

The former coach of the Slovak national team had come to know Demitra, not just as a top player but as a friend. Filc knew the longtime NHLer and Slovak icon had been injured in training camp before the start of the Kontinental Hockey League season and hoped against hope that Demitra was ...

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