Josef Vašíček (pronounced /ˈjosɛf ˈvɑʃiːtʃɛk/ in English; September 12, 1980 – September 7, 2011) was a Czech professional ice hockey player. Vasicek last played for Lokomotiv Yaroslavl of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) and died when the plane's charter crashed on September 7, 2011. Vasicek played seven seasons in the National Hockey League for the Carolina Hurricanes, Nashville Predators and New York Islanders before moving to Russia in 2008 to play for Yaroslavl.
Vašíček was related by marriage to Buffalo Sabres left wing Thomas Vanek; Vanek's brother is married to Vašíček's sister.
On September 7, 2011, Vašíček was killed, when a Yakovlev Yak-42 passenger aircraft, carrying the entire Lokomotiv team, crashed just outside Yaroslavl, Russia. The team was traveling to Minsk to play their opening game of the season, with its coaching staff and prospects. Lokomotiv officials said "'everyone from the main roster was on the plane plus four players from the youth team.'"