The Associated Press is reporting 36 people have died in a plane crash near the city of Yaroslavl in Central Russia. The majority of victims are believed to be members of the Kontinental Hockey League club, Lokomotiv.
According to aviation officials, one passenger survived the crash, but is in critical condition.
According to the reports, the plane, a Yakovlev Yak-42 passenger jet, went down and caught fire shortly after taking to the air, crashing less than 2 kilometers from the airport.
The Russian Emergency Situations Ministry said the crashed immediately after taking off from an airport near the city on the Volga River, which is approximately 150 miles northeast of Moscow.
The Yak-42, a 120-person capacity passenger jet, was on its way to the Belarusian capital Minsk and had 37 people on board, aviation authorities reported.
Locomotiv was scheduled to play Dynamo Minsk on Thursday, according to the KHL website.
The KHL season opened Wednesday with a game bewtween Ufa and Atalant. The gamje was stopped, and will not be restarted, once news of the tragedy broke.
"Devils just trap trap trap trap. Sure it's a modified trap different than LeMaire's but even with two forecheckers they have the defense sitting back with the third guy clogging up the middle of the ice." - explanation of how the Devils still employ the trap
I know it's early, I'm curious to who was on board. Were some of the players off for something else (injury, etc). I'm curious if it was just players or if Brad McCrimmon and staff were on board as well.
The Lokomotiv roster also includes former Devil Karel Rachunek along with fellow former NHLers Pavol Demitra, Karlis Skrastins, Ruslan Salei and Josef Vasicek. Brad McCrimmon left his position as assistant coach with the Detroit Red Wings to become head coach of Lokomotiv this season.
Last edited by Mr Bojanglez: 09-07-2011 at 10:07 AM.