Aleksandro Salei, son of Ruslan Salei, takes in the pregame with his dad's former team

For all that has been talked about what constitutes a proper tribute in the months following the Lokomotiv crash I’ve got to hand it to the Anaheim Ducks for absolutely leaving me frozen when I saw this picture. As you can see that is Aleksandro Salei, son of longtime Ducks defenceman Ruslan, on the ice at the Honda Centre with the Ducks for the national anthems.

I wanted to make sure that people had the opportunity to see this image as it serves as a reminder to all of us that it was more than a hockey team that was lost in that crash. It was also fathers, husbands, brothers, etc. – hockey was just the thing that bound them all together as teammates and with us, the fans.

I know I’ll be cheering for that Salei 24 jersey to make an appearance in the NHL once again in the not too distant future.