Former Nhl Players On Russian Plane Crash

September 7, 2011 by staff 

Former Nhl Players On Russian Plane CrashFormer Nhl Players On Russian Plane Crash, Several former players in the National Hockey League, died when a plane carrying a team of Russian hockey crashed on its way to the opening game of the season on Wednesday.

At least 43 of the 45 aboard the flight carrying the team Minsk Lokomotiv died, according to The Associated Press. Sovetsky Sport reports that all people on the list, plus four players from the youth, were on the flight, according to Yahoo Sports. The two survivors – one crewmember and 26 years old, in front of Alexander Galimov – are in serious condition.

Yaroslavl Lokomotiv, playing in the Kontinental Hockey League, includes several former NHL players. Pavol Demitra, 36, a perennial All-Star member and former of the St. Louis Blues, Vancouver Canucks and Minnesota Wild, a team member.

Lokomotiv other team members was former Rangers defense Karel Rach nek, 32; 36-year-old veteran Ruslan Salei NHL defenders, who recently played for Detroit, and 37 years old, Karlis Skrastins, who recently played for the Florida Panthers and Dallas Stars. Center Josef Vasicek, 30, also played for the Carolina Hurricanes and New York Islanders 2005-2008. Alexandr Vayunov highly touted prospect was an NHL and played a few games of the New Jersey Devils.

Head coach Brad McCrimmon, Canadian 52-year-old also played for several teams in the NHL for a stretch of 18 years in the 80 and 90. He won the Stanley Cup in 1989 with the Calgary Flames and was an assistant coach with the Detroit Red Wings before bringing Lokomotiv.

The Yak-42 passenger plane caught fire shortly after takeoff from the center of the Russian city of Yaroslavl. One of the survivors of the accident is apparently a crewmember and is in serious condition, police told Interfax.

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has announced plans to take the aging Soviet-made planes out of service next year, the Associated Press reports. The Yak-42 has been in service since 1980.

Another Russian passenger plane crashed in the northwestern city of Petrozavodsk in June, killing 47 people. Pilot error was blamed for the accident.

The KHL, which includes teams from Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Latvia and Slovakia, has aggressively courted the former NHL players, including all-time great Jaromir Jagr.

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