Russian Plane Crash Kills Ex-NHL Stars
NHL.com reports the agent for former NHL player Pavol Demitra has confirmed that Demitra was killed in the crash. Demitra spent most of his career with the St. Louis Blues and Vancouver Canucks. He also played for the Los Angeles Kings in the 2005-2006 season. Other players and coaches on Lokomotiv with NHL ties include: Karel Rachunek, Karlis Skrastins, Josef Vasicek, Alexander Vasyunov, Igor Koralev, Alexander Karpovtsev and Brad McCrimmon. Former Anaheim Duck Ruslan Salei is also on the team but it is unclear at this time if Salei was on the plane.
Lokomotiv team spokesman Vladimir N. Malkov said this about the crash, “we have no team anymore. All our starting players, and all the service people, they all burned in the crash.”
There are initial reports that two people survived the crash including player Alexander Galimov
Officials say the crash occurred soon after take-off and that weather is not believed to be a factor. Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin sent Russia’s transport minister to the site to lead the investigation.