The Carolina Hurricanes will honor the memory of former player Josef Vasicek by wearing a No. 63 patch on their uniforms during the 2011-12 season.
Vasicek was one of 44 people who died in a Sept. 7 plane crash outside Yaroslavl, Russia, including 28 players, two coaches and seven staff members of the Lokomotiv hockey club of the Kontinental Hockey League.
The Canes also will pay tribute to Vasicek before their Oct. 7 season-opener against the Tampa Bay Lightning at the RBC Center, and will have a display in the players' lounge of the locker room celebrating Vasicek's life and contributions to the team.
General manager Jim Rutherford noted Vasicek "played an important role in helping us establish our footing as a franchise in North Carolina." He said Vasicek was respected and well-liked by many, adding, "We continue to hear from fans whose lives Josef touched."
Vasicek, 30, was about to begin his fourth KHL season. He played 341 games with the Hurricanes and competed in 37 Stanley Cup playoff games. His name is on the Stanley Cup as a member of Carolina's 2006 championship team.