Team Tragedies

Lokomotiv Yaroslavl (KHL)
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Lokomotiv Yaroslavl (KHL)

Sept. 7, 2011

A Yak-42 airliner carrying the Kontinental Hockey League team to its season-opener in Minsk, Russia, went down into the Volga River shortly after take-off, killing 43 of the 45 passengers and crew. Among the victims were former NHLers such as Brad McCrimmon, who was about to coach his first game with the team, Pavol Demitra, Josef Vasicek, Ruslan Salei, Karel Rachunek, Josef Vasicek and Alexander Karpovtsev. It was the second air crash involving a Russian hockey squad. In 1950, a plane carrying the Soviet Air Force team crashed near the city of Sverdlov, killing 13 members and officials.

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