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Mooseduck 09-06-2011 10:50 PM

RIP Ruslan Salei (1974-2011)
Ruslan Salei (1974-2011)


A private Russian jet carrying a top hockey team slammed into a riverbank moments after takeoff Wednesday, killing at least 43 people, including the team's Canadian coach, in one of the worst plane crashes ever involving a sports team.

The plane was carrying the Lokomotiv team from Yaroslavl to Minsk, the capital of Belarus, where the team was to play Thursday against Dynamo Minsk in the opening game of the season for the Kontinental Hockey League. The ministry said the plane had 45 people on board, including 37 passengers and eight crew.

Czech players Josef Vasicek, Karel Rachunek and Jan Marek, Swedish goalie Stefan Liv, Latvian defenceman Karlis Skrastins and defenceman Ruslan Salei of Belarus were among those killed. Slovakian national team captain Pavol Demitra, who played in the NHL for the St. Louis Blues and the Vancouver Canucks, was also among the dead, officials said.

Complete TSN Article

NHL defenseman Ruslan Salei (24), who played with the Ducks for the first nine seasons of his 15-year career, was among the 43 people that were killed in a plane crash Wednesday in central Russia.

The Russian Emergency Situations Ministry confirmed that Salei was on the plane that crashed northeast of Moscow.
Salei’s agent, Mark Gandler, told the Orange County Register that Salei’s brother had spoken on the phone with the former Ducks defenseman at the airport before the team flight departed.

The majority of the victims were members of the Yaroslavl Lokomotiv team that plays in the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL). The team was leaving the city Yaroslavl for a season-opening KHL game in Minsk, Belarus, which is Salei’s hometown.

Complete OCR Article

With heavy heart I offer my condolences to the family, friends and fans of Ruslan Salei and those in the Lokomotiv organization.
Both the Ducks family and myself have lost a true friend today. The Honda Center will forever be known as the "House that Rusty built".

Rest in peace.

Elvs 09-07-2011 08:38 AM

RIP Ruslan Salei (1974-2011)
Lokomotiv Yaroslavl's plane has crashed and no players survived. Ruslan Salei was most likely on board...

G Liv Stefan
G Vyukhin Alexander
D Trakhanov Pavel
D Rachunek Karel
D Dietrich Robert
D Salei Ruslan
D Skrastins Karlis
D Balandin Mikhail
D Anikeenko Vitaly
D Kalimulin Marat
D Urychev Yuri
F Galimov Alexander
F Sobchenko Daniil
F Marek Jan
F Tkachenko Ivan
F Vasyunov Alexander
F Churilov Gennady
F Klyukin Nikita
F Kalyanin Alexander
F Ostapchuk Sergei
F Demitra Pavol
F Vasicek Josef
F Kiryukhin Andrei

Coaching staff
Brad McCrimmon
Valtonen Jorma
Karpovtsev Alexander
Korolev Igor

Rest in peace Rusty and everyone else. Thoughts to your families. There are no words to describe my feelings right now, so I'm not going to try. :(

mightyquack 09-07-2011 08:41 AM

RIP Ruslan Salei (1974-2011)
Worst off season ever :shakehead

Finnpin 09-07-2011 08:43 AM


One survivor was a crew member.

mightyquack 09-07-2011 08:57 AM

Was reading a translated Russian article and apparently the opening game of the season for the KHL will still go on. Hopefully that is just a mis translation.

ShadowDuck 09-07-2011 08:59 AM

Wow, that's terrible

JabbaJabba 09-07-2011 09:08 AM

That's just sad news. I have been thinking about the possibility of this happening ever since I read Selšnne's blog post about his fear of flying and that their airplane flies no matter what the weather is.

Elvs 09-07-2011 09:27 AM

A poster on the main board said Salei wasn't on the plain, although I dunno what source he has.

Lets hope not.

mightyquack 09-07-2011 09:29 AM

Fingers crossed

jiggsawpuzzle35 09-07-2011 09:32 AM

man i hope rusty wasn't on the plane. i had the chance to help him once at my store and he seemed like a chill guy.

Sydor25 09-07-2011 09:52 AM

Very sad day for every hockey fan. :(



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

Kalv 09-07-2011 09:53 AM

Skrastins was one of my favorite Latvian players. :(

mightyquack 09-07-2011 09:54 AM


Loved Rusty, going to be an emotional home opener :(

defer 09-07-2011 09:55 AM

This is terrible news. Very sad about Ruslan reportedly being on the plane -- One of the all time great Ducks. RIP

Elvs 09-07-2011 09:58 AM

No Duck should wear #24 in a while, if ever.

BraveSirRobin 09-07-2011 10:00 AM

Terrible, terrible news to see :( Too many players have died this offseason, way too many. I really liked Salei, I met him when I was about 13, super nice guy.

Seriously, this has to be one of the worst offseasons on record.

JabbaJabba 09-07-2011 10:11 AM

Is Rusty the first Ducks player to die?

DuckshaveaRPG 09-07-2011 10:15 AM

R.I.P Rusty absolute tragedy sympathies to all the family and friends and fans of the whole Lokomotiv Yaroslavl team sad day.

Elvs 09-07-2011 10:17 AM


Originally Posted by JabbaJabba (Post 36495527)
Is Rusty the first Ducks player to die?

Nathan Marsters, former Ducks prospect who played in the AHL in 05/06 and 06/07, died in a car accident a couple of years ago.

JabbaJabba 09-07-2011 10:19 AM


Originally Posted by Elvstrand (Post 36495793)
Nathan Marsters, former Ducks prospect who played in the AHL in 05/06 and 06/07, died in a car accident a couple of years ago.


What a depressing day.

Unholy 09-07-2011 10:34 AM

RIP to all those who died..

LordStanleysDuck 09-07-2011 11:00 AM

What a tragedy. Our thoughts and prayers are with their families and loved ones.

Does anyone have a good resolution pic of Salei celebrating after putting in that OT goal some years back? I'd like to make a tribute poster if possible.

jiggsawpuzzle35 09-07-2011 11:14 AM

only one i could find.

McDonald19 09-07-2011 11:21 AM

RIP Rusty Salei. Great D-man, Great Person.

jiggsawpuzzle35 09-07-2011 11:29 AM

Was hoping he would sign here in the offseason. This makes it even worst. I hope the organization honors his memory with a patch on their jerseys this year.

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