Former NHL players die in plane crash in Russia
The crash occurred right after takeoff for a flight to Minsk, where Lokomotiv had a Kontinental Hockey League game scheduled against Dynamo Minsk on Thursday. Among the players on the Lokomotiv roster were former NHLers Josef Vasicek (Carolina Hurricanes), Pavol Demitra (St. Louis Blues, Ottawa Senators, Minnesota Wild, Los Angeles Kings and Vancouver Canucks), Karel Rachunek (Ottawa Senators, New York Rangers, New Jersey Devils), Ruslan Salei (Detroit Red Wings, Colorado Avalanche, Anaheim Mighty Ducks, Florida Panthers), Karlis Skrastins (Nashville Predators, Colorado Avalanche, Florida Panthers, Dallas Stars) and Red Wings goalie prospect Stefan Liv. Former Detroit Red Wing and Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Brad McCrimmon was listed as the head coach.
One player, Alexander Galimov, a 26-year-old forward who has been with the team since 2004, has reportedly survived the crash but is currently hospitalized with burns to 80-percent of his body.
As a huge hockey fan, this has made me completely numb. I don't know how I feel right now other than in shock.