YAHOO! Sports: Dmitry Chesnokov reports via twitter a charter plan carrying members of KHL team Lokomotiv has crashed in Western Russia. There were 37 passengers onboard, and only one survived. Chesnokov reports former NHLers Pavol Demitra, Karlis Skastins and Ruslan Salei were part of the Lokomotiv roster. No word yet if they were among the passengers. Head coach Brad McCrimmon most likely was also on that flight.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: This is a horrible tragedy, and my thoughts go out to the victims families and friends. I’ll provide more updates here as they’re reported.
Chesnokov reports everyone from the main team plus four youth players were on the flight. Conflicting reports claim one to three people may have survived.
Bruce Garrioch has more details. It now appears only one player, Alexander Galimov, survived the crash. The other survivor is believed to be a crew member.
Former NHL player Alexander Karpotsev was also on the flight. He was an assistant coach with Lokomotiv.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Folks, I just don’t have the words to describe my shock and sorrow right now. I’ll continue to provide more updates throughout the day. This is a very sad day for the hockey world.
**UPDATE** Alexander Galimov has reportedly died of his injuries…David Staples and Peter Adler of The Edmonton Journal has more, included the list of names of players reportedly on the flight….ESPN’s John Buccigros reports the Czech Embassy in Moscow has confirmed the deaths of Joseph Vasicek, Karel Rachunek and Jan Marek….Pavol Demitra’s agent confirmed the veteran forward also perished in the crash…Dmitry Chesnokov reports the name of Ruslan Salei does not appear on the released list of the dead passengers….SovSports has released the list of passengers and crew who perished on the flight….Various sources now confirm Salei also perished in the crash.