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JLHockeyKnight 09-07-2011 09:35 AM

Plane crash kills ‘majority’ of KHL team Lokomotiv, R.I.P. Brad McCrimmon, Team
Devils board was talking about this. Sure the main board has something.



Among the NHL alumni on Lokomotiv's roster as of July 9: Josef Vasicek, Pavol Demitra(notes), Karel Rachunek, Ruslan Salei(notes), Karlis Skrastins(notes) and Red Wings goalie prospect Stefan Liv.

Former Detroit Red Wings and Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Brad McCrimmon was listed as their head coach.
Not much else confirmed yet.

Mod edit:
The Moscow Times http://www.themoscowtimes.com/news/a...#ixzz1XJoiQlk2


In the worst sports-related disaster in decades, one of Russia's best ice hockey teams, Lokomotiv Yaroslavl, was decimated Wednesday in a plane crash that killed at least 43 people.

The crash also sealed Russia's position as the most dangerous place to travel by plane in 2011, with the country surpassing even the Democratic Republic of Congo in the number of aircraft-related fatalities.

Lokomotiv's chartered Yak-42 jet, which had a crew of eight and carried 37 passengers, including natives of Canada, Latvia, Belarus, Sweden, Slovakia and the Czech Republic, crashed moments after takeoff from Yaroslavl's Tunoshna Airport.

The triple-engine passenger jet struggled to gain altitude as it took off around 4 p.m. and struck an aerial beacon, hitting the ground beyond the runway and bursting into flames on impact, Yaroslavl Governor Sergei Vakhrukov said.

Photos from the site showed parts of the wreckage strewn in the Tunoshonka River, a small tributary of the Volga.

Two people, Lokomotiv winger Alexander Galimov and flight attendant Alexander Sizov, survived the crash and were hospitalized with severe burns, officials said. Several reports said Galimov died in the hospital hours later, but Gazeta.ru denied this late Wednesday, citing hospital sources.

The team's Canadian coach, Brad McCrimmon, 52, a former defender for Detroit Red Wings, was among those killed. Other foreigners who died in the crash included Kazakh-born German Robert Dietrich, Slovak legend Pavol Demitra, Swedish goalkeeper Liv Stefan, Latvian Karlis Skrastins, and three Czechs: Karel Rachunek, Josef Vasicek and Jan Marek, the Emergency Situations Ministry said.
Brad McCrimmon (March 29, 1959 – September 7, 2011)


Shadeslayer813 09-07-2011 09:41 AM

Just saw this what a tragedy


JLHockeyKnight 09-07-2011 09:56 AM


On May 29, 2011 Brad McCrimmon was named the head the head coach of Lokomotiv, and was most likely on the plane that crashed.

The KHL stopped the only game they had going (The Opening Cup - played between last year's Cup finalists) in light of the tragedy.

Lokomotiv official tells Sovetsky Sport "everyone from the main roster was on the plane + 4 players from the youth team."

"@Bantourakis them too" [when asked if coaching staff was onboard]

GKJ 09-07-2011 10:13 AM

RT @dchesnokov: Lokomotiv forward Alexander Galimov survived the crash, his agent confirmed to Sovetsky Sport.

Terrible tragedy, he will have hollow fame for the rest of his life, assuming he is ok of course.

Seals off the worst hockey season ever by multiplying it by however much.

Skrastins was one of my favorites for a long time.

Jester 09-07-2011 10:13 AM

That's terrible.

Hollywood Couturier 09-07-2011 10:17 AM

Terrible thing to read. RIP and my heart goes out to all the players family members.

jd2210 09-07-2011 10:24 AM

Horrible. What a shame.

FreshPerspective 09-07-2011 10:24 AM

Tragic.....and it hits home with "The Beast" McCrimmon as a likely victim...

MiamiScreamingEagles 09-07-2011 10:25 AM

This is absolutely staggering.

JVR21 09-07-2011 10:25 AM

Man, people are quick: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brad_McCrimmon

RIP all

GKJ 09-07-2011 10:26 AM

Sounds like Ruslan Salei was already in Minsk.

JLHockeyKnight 09-07-2011 10:28 AM


Originally Posted by JVR21 (Post 36493799)
Man, people are quick: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brad_McCrimmon

RIP all

Yeah they had a paragraph on the crash on the Lokomotiv wikipedia page 20 minutes after reports came in.

If anyone else gets official word that McCrimmon was on board, post it. All I'm going off of is twitter, and all reports I see only mention the players, not coaches.

Beef Invictus 09-07-2011 10:37 AM


MiamiScreamingEagles 09-07-2011 10:39 AM

CTV in Calgary and WXYZ in Detroit report McCrimmon on board. Just shocking. R.I.P. and condolensces to all.

OriginJM 09-07-2011 10:40 AM

No words really. Heartbreaking.

DrinkFightFlyers 09-07-2011 10:46 AM

That is pretty awful. Sad day for hockey.

GKJ 09-07-2011 10:49 AM

OK, maybe not

RT @SlavaMalamud: It is official now. Belarusian news agencies report that Ruslan Salei was on board the flight.

Vikke 09-07-2011 10:57 AM

I feel sick.

LEIFey 09-07-2011 10:58 AM

That's horrible. I'll hold off on the RIP Beast until I get a confirmation. This is a tragedy.

Hockeypete49 09-07-2011 10:58 AM

Just terrible news. My thoughts and prayers go out to all concerned.

MiamiScreamingEagles 09-07-2011 11:01 AM



A passenger plane carrying a Russian ice hockey team crashed shortly after takeoff Wednesday, killing 43 of the 45 on board.

There are reports the entire hockey team was on board the plane, including Canadian-born coach Brad McCrimmon, and six other former NHLers.

Earlier reports from the Russian Emergency Situations Ministry were that 36 people had died, but the ministry later updated the death toll.

It said the plane was carrying 37 passengers and eight crew. All but two people were killed.

The ministry said the plane crashed soon after takeoff from an airport near the city of Yaroslavl, 240 kilometres northeast of Moscow. Reports say the plane immediately caught fire.

The Soviet-built Yak-42 jet was carrying the Lokomotiv hockey team from Yaroslavl. The team's roster includes former NHLers Pavol Demitra, Ruslan Salei, Karel Rachunek, Karlis Skrastins, and Josef Vasicek. It has not been confirmed whether they were aboard the plane.

McCrimmon, 52, is a native of Saskatchewan. He played for six NHL teams in his career and was an assistant coach with the New York Islanders, Calgary Flames, Atlanta Thrashers and Detroit Red Wings.


MOSCOW - The start of Russia's ice hockey league has been delayed in the wake of Wednesday's plane crash which killed at least 44 people including members of the Lokomotiv team travelling to their first match of the season.

The tragedy happened when a Russian jet crashed on takeoff at an airport outside the central Russian city of Yaroslavl,

A police source told Interfax that the stricken plane suddenly started listing to the left and crashed about 500 metres away from the Tunoshna airport.

"According to the latest data, there were 45 people on board — 37 passengers and eight crew. Forty-four people died in the crash and one person survived," the official told the RIA Novosti news agency.

Brad McCrimmon, a native of Dodsland, Saskatchewan, was coaching Lokomotiv this season. After an 18-year NHL career, McCrimmon coached the Saskatoon Blades for two seasons - 1998-99 and 1999-2000 - helping the team improve from 16-49-7 in his first season to 34-27-8 in his second season at the helm. He has since served as an assistant coach in the NHL with Calgary, Atlanta and Detroit.

nevermore 09-07-2011 11:01 AM

**** this offseason.

RevUpThoseGolfCarts 09-07-2011 11:04 AM

McCrimmon is confirmed dead

CanadianFlyer88 09-07-2011 11:09 AM

This is awful.

GKJ 09-07-2011 11:11 AM

McCrimmon left the Red Wings this summer to be a head coach, what a shame.

It figures that the off-season from hell would finally affect the Flyers in some way. We're all too aware of tragedies, although not to this degree.

RT @SlavaMalamud: KP.ru reports that Galimov's burns are fatal.

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