TUNOSHNA, Russia -- An off-season already rife with tragedy dealt another gut-wrenching blow to hockey's highest ranks Wednesday when a private jet slammed into a Russian riverbank, killing all but one member of a prominent pro hockey team -- including its Canadian coach.
In all, 43 people died, including 27 players of the well-known Lokomotiv Yaroslavl team and coach Brad McCrimmon, of Plenty, Sask., who took over the club in May. Nine other team officials and seven crew members were also killed.
McCrimmon, 52, was most recently an assistant coach with the Detroit Red Wings, and played for years in the NHL for Calgary, Boston, Philadelphia, Detroit, Hartford and Phoenix. He won a Stanley Cup in 1989 as a member of the Calgary Flames.
"This is the darkest day in the history of our sport," said Rene Fasel, president of the International Ice Hockey Federation.Follow the TSN.ca link to read the rest of the story (and comments).
Also: From reginapats.com
Statement on the Passing of Brad McCrimmon
Regina, Saskatchewan – The Regina Pats Hockey Club would like to issue the following statement regarding the tragic passing of former WHL player and coach, Brad McCrimmon:
Regina Pats President, Brent Parker, “It has been a horrific summer for the hockey business and losing another WHL alumnus in Brad McCrimmon adds to the tragedy. Brad was a tremendous ambassador for the WHL and hockey in general. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the entire McCrimmon family and all of the people who lost loved ones today.”
Regina Pats General Manager Chad Lang, “We are all deeply saddened to hear the news of the passing of Brad McCrimmon. As a member of the 2010 Memorial Cup Committee I was fortunate to have spent quality time with both Kelly and Brad. Brad was highly respected in the hockey community and was a tremendous son, brother, husband and father. He will be deeply missed by all.”