KHL Team Yaroslavl Lokomotiv’s Plane Crashes

A summer that has already seen three young men succumb to their own demons just got worse when news broke that the KHL team Yaroslavl Lokomotiv was aboard a Yakolev-42 aircraft that crashed shortly after takeoff at noon on a clear, sunny day. There were 37 passengers and 8 crew aboard the plane headed for their season opener in Minsk. Reports list 2 survivors, including 26-year old forward Alexander Galimov, and both are in critical condition.

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Yaroslavl Lokomotiv Roster

The roster includes some well known names of former NHLers. We are all fortunate that it doesn’t include one more, Semyon Varlamov, who almost returned to play in Russia this summer. The season opening game between Salavat Yulaev Ufa and Atlant Mystichi was suspended once the news broke and the game is not expected to be completed.

Photo by Associated Press

The NHL veterans on the roster are below:

Pavol Demitra
NHL.com Pos: RW Age: 36 Born: 11/29/74, Dubnica, Slovakia
Drafted: 9th Rd, 1993 (OTT) 16 NHL Seasons with 5 Teams
Games Goals Assists Points
847 304 464 768
2000 Lady Byng Trophy 3-Time NHL All-Star 3-Time Olympian (SVK)

Karlis Skrastins
NHL.com Pos: D Age: 37 Born: 7/9/74, Riga, Latvia
Drafted: 9th Rd, 1998 (NSH) 12 NHL Seasons with 4 Teams
Games Goals Assists Points
832 32 104 136
495-Games Played Streak 3-Time Olympian (LAT)

Ruslan Salei
NHL.com Pos:  D Age: 36 Born: 11/2/74, Minsk, Belarus
Drafted: 1st Rd, 1996 (ANA) 15 NHL Seasons with 4 Teams
Games Goals Assists Points
917 45 159 204
2003 Stanley Cup Finals 9th Overall Draft Pick 3-Time Olympian (BLR)

Karel Rachunek
NHL.com Pos: D Age: 32 Born: 8/27/79, Zlinwaldow, Czech Rep.
Drafted: 9th Rd, 1997 (OTT) 7 NHL Seasons with 3 Teams
Games Goals Assists Points
371 22 118 140
3-Time KHL All-Star Won 2010 World Championship (CZE)

Josef Vasicek
NHL.com Pos: C Age: 30 Born: 9/12/80, Havlickuv Brod, Czech Rep.
Drafted: 4th Rd, 1998 (CAR) 7 NHL Seasons with 3 Teams
Games Goals Assists Points
460 77 106 183
Won 2006 Stanley Cup 2010 Olympian (CZE) Won 2005 World Championship (CZE)

Alexander Vasyunov
NHL.com Pos: LW Age: 23 Born: 4/22/88, Yaroslavl, Russia
Drafted: 2nd Rd, 2006 (NJ) 1 NHL Season with New Jersey
Games Goals Assists Points
18 1 4 5
Won 2007 World Junior Championship Silver Medal

The 2007-08 Swedish Elite League MVP, Stefan Liv, was also on the roster. Most of the other players on the roster were in their 20s, not to mention the 4 players from the youth team that were aboard the plane.

The coaches were all former NHLers.

Brad McCrimmon, Head Coach
http://eyemdetroit.com Pos: D Age: 52 Born: 11/29/59, Dodsland, Saskatchewan
Drafted: 1st Rd, 1979 (BOS) 18 NHL Seasons with 6 Teams
Games Goals Assists Points
1,222 81 322 403
Won 1989 Stanley Cup 1988 NHL All-Star, NHL 2nd Team, +/- Leader

Igor Korolev, Assistant Coach
canoe.ca Pos: C Age: 41 Born: 9/6/70, Moscow, Russia
Drafted: 2nd Rd, 1992 (STL) 12 NHL Seasons with 5 Teams
Games Goals Assists Points
795 119 227 346
2-Time 20-Goal scorer

Alexander Karpovtsev, Assistant Coach
NHL.com Pos: D Age: 41 Born: 4/7/70, Moscow, Russia
Drafted: 8th Rd, 1990 (QUE) 12 NHL Seasons with 5 Teams
Games Goals Assists Points
596 34 154 188
Won 1994 Stanley Cup

From all of us at Rock the Red, our prayers and hopes go out to the players’ families and friends. We also hope for a speedy recovery for the two survivors.

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