Thursday, September 8, 2011

Love the Ones You're With (RIP Ruslan Salei)

Hello, Readers.

Not a happy post tonight, I'm afraid.

This has not been the greatest off-season in hockey. First there was Derek Boogaard's tragic overdose. Then the suicides of Rick Rypien and Wade Belak.

And then this morning, reports came in of a plane crash in Russia involving Lokomotiv Yaroslavl of the Kontinental Hockey League. A majority of the players on the team were killed, including former NHL players Pavol Demitra and former Mighty Duck Ruslan Salei.

I remember the day Ruslan Salei got drafted by the Ducks. I remember watching him play for us. I remember the overtime goal he scored for us in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals in 2003. And I remember meeting him at fan events and his easygoing demeanor.

I can't believe he's gone.

I happened to be at home when I got the news (I wasn't feeling well and had called in sick), but I decided to throw together a quick memorial and drive down the street to Honda Center to pay my respects...

Photo from the 2003 Stanley Cup Final, mounted onto teal and eggplant card stock.

"24" artwork courtesy of @BuckyHermit

lovely memorial at Honda Center

the flowers on the left by me, as well as the photo

photos at Honda Center courtesy of Krystle Suetani

I have no words to express my sadness.

Life is too short, my friends. As my friend Amanda always says, love the ones you're with.



  1. how awful, i casually follow hockey (rangers fan).....but i hadn't heard this news until i saw your blog post. it really has been a terrible off-season

  2. thank you for posting this.  i'm a huge hockey fan and was watching/reading the reports all day in disbelief.  no blog that i follow mentioned it.  it's just catastrophic.  you're memorial was lovely! posted a remembrance video, if you haven't seen it, you should take a look.

  3. Kathryn PrettythingsSeptember 8, 2011 at 3:14 PM

    *pic of how the memorial has grown, as of noon today:!/macfrancis/status/111897862786383872/photo/1

  4. It's really terrible. I heard about this while at work and just felt horrible. What a tragedy. Thanks for the post.