Czechs mourn 3 killed in Russia plane crash

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PRAGUE (AP) -- Thousands packed a central square in Prague to honor the memory of the three Czech hockey players who died in a plane crash that killed 43 people and wiped out a club in the top Russian league.

Former and current Czech hockey stars attended a memorial ceremony Sunday for Karel Rachunek, Jan Marek and Josef Vasicek. Jaromir Jagr, Patrik Elias and Dominik Hasek joined coaches and officials at the ceremony organized by the Czech hockey federation

Federation president Tomas Kral called the three great and irreplaceable players, friends and people.

Thirty-six players, coaches and staff of Russia's Lokomotiv Yaroslavl team were killed when their Yak-42 jet crashed Wednesday outside Yaroslavl, Russia, en route to their first game of the season.