Pavol Demitra (Wikimedia Commons)
A serious plane crash in Russia has killed nearly an entire hockey team.
According to the Associated Press, 36 members of the Lokomotiv Yaroslavl died Wednesday. Among the dead are former Calgary Flame Brad McCrimmon, who was the team’s head coach, along with very reputable former NHLers Pavol Demitra, Josef Varicek, Ruslan Salei, Karlis Skrastins, and Karel Rachunek.
The Russian plane was headed from Yaroslavl, 240 kilometres outside of Moscow to Minsk, Belarus. Lokomotiv Yaroslavl were to begin their KHL season tomorrow night. Officials are reporting that Russian hockey player Alexander Galimov survived the crash along with one crew member.
McCrimmon, 52 years of age, took over the team as the head coach in May after spending the last three years as the assistant coach for the Detroit Red Wings. He played 17 years in the NHL with the Boston Bruins, Philadelphia Flyers, Calgary Flames, Detroit Red Wings, Hartford Whalers and Phoenix Coyotes.
As a player, McCrimmon was excellent in his own zone.
Demitra, played with the St. Louis Blues, Los Angeles Kings, Minnesota Wild and Vancouver Canucks from 1996-2010. He had 304 career goals and 768 career points.