Breaking News: Majority of Lokomotiv roster killed in plane crash
I’m going to be very straight forward here. This blog is unplanned and off the cuff, so if it’s a bit disjointed, I apologize.
It’s been reported by many that the majority of the KHL team, Lokomotiv, have been killed in a plane crash.
A Russian jet carrying a top ice hockey team crashed while taking off Wednesday in western Russia, killing at least 43 people and leaving two critically injured, officials said.
The Russian Emergency Situations Ministry said the Yak-42 plane crashed immediately after leaving an airport near the city of Yaroslavl, on the Volga River about 150 miles (240 kilometers) northeast of Moscow. It was carrying 45 people, including 37 passengers and eight crew, and the ministry said all but two people were killed in the crash.
Also, according to Greg Wyshynski at Yahoo.com’s Puck Daddy Blog, “Among the NHL alumni on Lokomotiv’s roster as of Aug. 31: Josef Vasicek, Pavol Demitra, Karel Rachunek, Ruslan Salei, Karlis Skrastins and Red Wings goalie prospect Stefan Liv.”
This is just the latest of a string of tragedies that has struck the hockey world this off season and the second involving a former Wild player.
While information is still rolling in, it has been confirmed that Right Wing Alexander Galimov has survived the crash and is currently in grave condition in a nearby hospital and, as of yet, he has been the only reported surviving player (a male flight attendant has been confirmed as surviving as well).
Our thoughts and prayers go out to all the families of the players, coaches and flight crew during this difficult time.
UPDATE: Per BD Gallof on Twitter: “lenta.ru/news/ reporting that Alexander Galimov succumbed to injuries”