Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Sad day in Hockey

It is a sad day in hockey around the world. A plane with the top Russian Hockey team has crashed and all but two people died (I think 43 people dead). They have not released the names of the dead but they were many of the top names in hockey and are well known. My boys are at school and have not heard yet, but I am sure their hearts will ache for the families of these players. Please keep these players and their families in your prayers. I just feel sick right now.

Here is the news article:

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 others 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 northeast of Moscow.

The ministry said the plane was carrying 45 people, including the Lokomotiv Yaroslavl ice hockey team, and all but two of those on board were killed.

Lokomotiv is coached by Canadian Brad McCrimmon, former Detroit Red Wings assistant, and includes several international stars in its ranks, such as goalkeeper Stefan Liv of Sweden and Czech Republic players Karel Ranuchek, Josef Vasicek and Jan Marek and Slovakia's Pavol Demitra.

Demitra, the Slovakian national team captain, played in the NHL for the St. Louis Blues and Vancouver Canucks. Other top names include Russian defensemen Ruslan Salei and Karlis Skrastins.

It wasn't immediately clear which players were on board the Yak-42 on Wednesday.

The Russian news agency Interfax reported that the survivors were Lokomotiv forward Alexander Golimov and a member of the plane's crew.

."There has been a terrible tragedy," Kontinental Hockey League president Alexander Medvedev said in televised comments after the opening match of the league's season in the city of Ufa was interrupted when news of the crash came. He announced a minute of silence and postponed the match.

1 comment:

  1. So sad. The families of those lost are in my prayers.