Minutes before he boarded the Yak-42 passenger jet that was doomed to crash, Yaraslavl Lokomotiv captain Ivan Tkachenko managed one last act of kindness: he anonymously transferred money to a 16-year-old Russian cancer patient.
According to Russian media reports, Tkachenko had been quietly donating money to sick children for years, as much as 500,000 rubles at a time. The most recent recipient had been teenager Diana Ibragimova, whose parents learned of Tkachenko's charitable donations after the Sept. 7 jet crash that killed the entire Lokomotiv hockey team along with former NHL player and assistant coach Brad McCrimmon.
Tkachenko did not want any publicity for his actions. The 31-year-old former Columbus Blue Jackets draft pick had played 10 seasons for Lokomotiv and, according to family members, had a fondness for children who were stricken with illness.
The story also noted how Tkachenko's wife is expecting their third child.