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Dave Duerson, 50
Before committing suicide in February, Duerson, a four-time Pro Bowl safety for the Bears, asked his family to have his brain tested for chronic traumatic encephalopathy, which is linked to dementia and depression. The tests came back positive. Duerson was the NFL's Man of the Year in 1987 and served as one of the union's representatives on the board that rules on the disability claims of retired players.
After 12 years as an NHL assistant, Brad McCrimmon took a job as a head coach. That it was in Russia did nothing to dampen his enthusiasm. But the former defenseman, who played for six teams in 18 NHL seasons, never got the chance to lead Lokomotiv Yaroslavl of the Kontinental Hockey League. On Sept. 7 the plane carrying the team crashed as it took off for Minsk, where Lokomotiv was to play its season opener. Of the 45 people on board 44 were killed, including McCrimmon, 52, and the entire roster. Among the deceased:
• Pavol Demitra, 36, a three-time NHL All-Star center and captain of the Slovakian national team
• Alexander Karpovtsev, 41, a key blueliner for the Rangers when they won the Stanley Cup in 1994 and one of McCrimmon's assistants
• Igor Korolev, 41, who played 12 seasons in the NHL and was also an assistant
• Stefan Liv, 30, a goaltender for Sweden when the country won the Olympic gold medal in 2006.
Following the crash, a draft was held to allow Lokomotiv to restock its roster. The team is playing the 2011--12 season in the second-tier Russian league.
Marty Marion, 93