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09-07-2011, 09:42 AM
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URGENT: Ex-King Demitra among those feared dead in KHL plane crash

sad, sad day for hockey.

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Pavol Demitra Dies in Russian Plane Crash

RIP

Horrible off season for hockey fans.

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A Russian jet carrying a local ice hockey team crashed Wednesday while taking off in western Russia, killing 36 people and leaving one critically injured, officials said.

The ministry said the plane was carrying the Lokomotiv ice hockey team from Yaroslavl.
http://news.yahoo.com/russian-jet-ca...130206714.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lokomotiv_Yaroslavl

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Wow. This is ridiculous. RIP, he was a very good player and person.

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This is awful. I don't remember in any sport an entire team disappearing like this.

For what it is worth, the guys on the KHL board are saying this is the best place for their roster: http://www.eliteprospects.com/player...r=8736&lang=en

Also to note that Jan Marek also died in the crash (if the entire roster was on board, which is debatable right now according to the KHL board). He was acquired from the Rangers a couple years ago, but never did sign or dress with the Kings. However, due to the lack of a Russia-NHL transfer agreement, he was still Kings property.

I hope the Kings wear a tribute patch to Demitra. I am still upset that he was traded for POS. He was always one of my favorites, a sad, sad day in hockey today and an awful summer for the hockey world.

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Terrible news. Thoughts go out to all of those affected in this tragedy. Demitra, you were one hell of a player to watch play. RIP.

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Demitra was one of my favorite Kings in the small amount of time he was here and I suspect if we weren't going full on rebuild he'd have been here much longer. Great player and from everything I heard, a real class act. He will be missed if he was indeed on the plane.

I hope the Kings do honor him somehow. Even if it's just a moment of silence and a tribute at the home opener, something. Once a King, always a King.

May God be with the families and loved ones of those who died, and my prayers go out to that one person who survived. Hopefully we can see a miracle happen and he/she survives, give us something positive to cling to from this sad day.

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Demitra was one of my favorite Kings in the small amount of time he was here and I suspect if we weren't going full on rebuild he'd have been here much longer. Great player and from everything I heard, a real class act. He will be missed if he was indeed on the plane.

I hope the Kings do honor him somehow. Even if it's just a moment of silence and a tribute at the home opener, something. Once a King, always a King.

May God be with the families and loved ones of those who died, and my prayers go out to that one person who survived. Hopefully we can see a miracle happen and he/she survives, give us something positive to cling to from this sad day.
Well said.

I would be shocked if the Kings didn't honor him in some way.

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This pic is from the KHL website... I have it second-hand, so I am only able to assume that it's this year's team. RIP boys.




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Is it confirmed that Salei and Demitra were on the plane?

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Is it confirmed that Salei and Demitra were on the plane?
So far there are reports of 2 possible survivors. A crew member and Alexander Galimov (confirmed by his agent).

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Skastins was also on the team. The coach was Brad McCrimmon!



Here's their roster:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lokomotiv_Yaroslavl

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Very sad news. Life is too short.

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Is it confirmed that Salei and Demitra were on the plane?
Nothing has been confirmed as far as names go. However, a spokesperson for Lokomotiv states that their main roster plus four youth team players were on board. So I haven't heard anything to contradict Demitra being on board. However, there is some talk that Ruslan Salei, who is from Minsk, was already there waiting for the team. So he may have survived the crash.

Reports are saying that two or three people survived. If only two have survived, the player that survived was Alexander Galimov. The other survivor was a crew member. The identity or even affiliation (team or crew) of the third person, if there is a third and I hope there is, hasn't been mentioned yet.

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This ****ing sucks. RIP everyone :'(

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It is official now. Belarusian news agencies report that Ruslan Salei was on board the flight.
Just sad for every hockey fan.

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This pic is from the KHL website... I have it second-hand, so I am only able to assume that it's this year's team. RIP boys.


Jeebus.

The piping on the shoulders and arms ... become halos* above teammates in the rank below.

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It's like unfathomable how much pain the league has gone through this offseason. It's just purely ridiculous. Words just cannot describe how crazy this is. Terrible news. A lot of great players have lost their lives this summer. RIP.

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Very sad day. Hockey players or not they all had people who loved them. Being a hockey huge hockey fan this seems to hit me harder than I thought. I feel so sad and this makes you think how short life really is.

Take care of your friends and family and keep your prayers for those that were lost in your heart.

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Pavol was probably the one single player that got me interested in hockey after the lockout. An overall class player and person. He will be missed.

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Awful

Only a matter of time before it happens to an NHL team too.. Hopefully it's a very, very long time.

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Thoughts and prayers go out to the families and their friends. RIP.

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