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Plane crash in Russia involves KHL team

A plane crash near the city of Yaroslavl in Central Russia has claimed the lives of at least 43 people, according to Russia's Emergency Situations Ministry. The majority of victims were members of the Kontinental Hockey League club, Lokomotiv.

Lokomotiv has confirmed that the entire main roster, plus four players from the youth team, was on the plane.

"We have no team anymore," Vladimir N. Malkov, the team spokesman, said in a telephone interview with The New York Times. "All our starting players, and all the service people, they all burned in the crash."

Former NHLers among crash victims




Karel Rachunek


Karlis Skrastins


Josef Vasicek

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Alexander Vasyunov

Brad McCrimmon

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Coach Brad McCrimmon, forward Pavol Demitra, defenseman Ruslan Salei, forward Josef Vasicek, defenseman Karel Rachunek, forward Jan Marek, forward Alexander Vasyunov, defenseman Karlis Skrastins and goalie Stefan Liv are among the confirmed fatalities.

The deaths McCrimmon, Salei, Vasicek, Rachunek, Skrastins and Liv were confirmed by the Russian Emergency Ministry. Demitra's passing was confirmed by his agent, Matt Keator, while the New Jersey Devils confirmed Vasyunov's death.

The crash, one of the worst in the history of sports, occurred at 4 p.m. Moscow time and the weather was sunny and clear, according to reports.

"Though it occurred thousands of miles away from our home arenas, this tragedy represents a catastrophic loss to the hockey world — including the NHL family, which lost so many fathers, sons, teammates and friends," NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said in a statement.

Eight crew members are also among the dead, according to reports.

According to Russian aviation officials, two passengers survived the crash, but are in critical condition. One of the survivors is Russian forward Alexander Galimov, who suffered burns across 80 percent of his body.

"Their state of health is very grave. But there is still some hope," said Alexander Degyatryov, chief doctor at Yaroslavl's Solovyov Hospital.



I had post this because some players I watched play for so long have died and I feel they deserve a tribute. I remember watching Pavel Dimitra score so many sweet goals in the past. Two of the players played for my team the AValanche Ruslan Salei. But most of all I remember Karlis Scrastins who played in the longest streak of games by a defensemen and acheived this while playing for the Avalance. This man was no finess player either he battled hard around the net and was the team leader in blocked shots.

I know not many people on here seem interested in sports. But I thought I would give a little honor to the men who entertained me over the years.

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That is terrible news, it is always sad to hear about plane crashes and the causalities even if it is a rare sight. May they live on in the hearts and mind of the fans.


I saw this earlier today. Very sad. I'm a big Blues fan so it sucked finding out that Pavol Demitra was on that plane.

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That is horrible! What does that mean for the team? I am not trying to be rude, but will they just pick a team of AAA guys or will they forfeit for the season? I hope there families get the full amount of money from their contracts?

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Wow that is horrible

I hope they rest in peace.

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Sorry for their families.

Tragic. I would like to see pics of the entire team and not just the NHL players, too. A very sad course of events.

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d21lewis said:
Tragic. I would like to see pics of the entire team and not just the NHL players, too. A very sad course of events.

Article came from so it only has those players, plus I doubt my comp would upload all the images. Whenever I try with big files it never works.

I wish their families strength in these difficult times..

I heard that the KFL teams are giving players to make a new squad for this season..


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