This is the worst summer ever for hockey. – Jonathan Toews
We’ve experienced the deaths of Derek Boogard, Rick Rypien and Wade Belak, and now comes word that a plane carrying Kontinental Hockey League team Locomotiv Yaroslavl has crashed, killing at least 43 people. There were 45 on board. The team was headed to Minsk in Belarus, where they were set to play Dinamo Minsk in the opening game of the KHL’s season.
Several players had previously been in the NHL: Pavol Demitra played for the L.A. Kings; Ruslan Salei played for Detroit; Josef Vasicek played for the Hurricanes; Karlis Skrastins played for Dallas. Brad McKimmon, Locomotiv’s head coach, was an assitant coach for Detroit till he resigned in May to take the coaching job.
As you can expect, tons of condolences are pouring in from the NHL roster via Twitter:
Ben Maxwell: Really tough to hear more bad news in hockey today. My condolences go out to friends and family of those lost in Yaroslavl.
Mike Commodore: Another devastating day in hockey world. Tragic news out of KHL. Thoughts and prayers to everyone involved. Don’t know what else to say.
Michael Grabner: Another terrible tragedy and loss to the hockey world-thoughts and prayers go out to all the families..makes my body shake thinking bout it
Taylor Hall: What an awful summer for hockey. Thoughts and prayers with the families and friends of everyone on that flight
Bobby Ryan: I can’t believe I’m writing another one. Thoughts and prayers to everyone affected by the KHL plane crash. Too many players gone this year
We at AiP extend our condolences to the families and friends of the team, the organization, and the team’s fans.