The St. Louis Blues Alumni have started the Demitra – Korolev Fund in honor of the two Blues alums who perished in the September 7 plane crash that killed the entire Lokomotiv KHL team. The fund will provide hockey equipment and hockey team fees to children who cannot afford it, both in the US and in Europe.
The fund is asking for $38 (minimum) donations in honor of Pavol Demitra and Igor Korolev, who both wore the number 38 for the Blues. Donations can be made online here, or can be mailed to: St. Louis Blues Alumni Demitra – Korolev Fund, 1401 Clark Ave., St. Louis, MO 63103.
The Blues also have another fundraiser in the works to honor the members of the Lokomotiv team who perished in September. The wives and girlfriends of the Blues players have united with the other NHL wives to benefit the “Love for Lokomotiv” campaign. On October 8 at the regular season home opener the Blues wives and girlfriends will be selling specially made silicone bracelets for $10. As seen on Jeremy Rutherford’s Twitter account, the Blues will be selling bracelets with a “38*Bluenote*38” logo on themKelly Backes, wife of David Backes, is the wife in charge of the Blues participation. She stresses that the effort is to show that hockey communtiy, as “one hockey family,” has not “forgotten who was lost (blues.nhl.com).”
The Love for Lokomotiv fund states that the goal is to “raise money for their dear friends.” The effort consists of “Hockey Girls” from around various leagues, with the wives and girlfriends of players uniting to show their support for the families of those lost. The main organizers are: Erica Lundmark (KHL/European Leagues), Kelly Willsie (AHL), Danielle Preissing (NLA), Brijet Whitney, Katerina Jokinen and Kodette LaBarbera (NHL). Bracelets can be purchased online in support; they are offering hand made jade prayer bracelets ($50 adult/$25 child) and silicone memory bracelets ($10). Bracelets can be purchased online here, and don’t forget the silicone memory bracelets will be available at Scottrade on October 8. You can show your support by “Liking” Love for Lokomotiv on Facebook and following @Love4Lokomotiv on Twitter!
The Blues are just one part of the hockey world that have come together to honor those lost in the September tragedy. Donating in honor of those lost is a way to keep the memory of the Lokomotiv team alive. The BlueNoteZone staff will be making a donation to the Demitra – Korolev Fund, and some authors will be purchasing memory bracelets at the home opener as well. Please think about helping us honor our Blues alum and the others who perished that day by making a donation of your own.