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Lokomotiv Jaroslavl (KHL) plane crashes, Pavol Demitra confirmed as one of the victims

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[via www.vancouversun.com]

Update via RT.com:

The two survivors are in a serious condition and have been taken to hospital. One of them is team member Aleksandr Galimov. The other is a flight engineer, preliminary reports say.

Update via Globe & Mail:

Former NHL star Pavol Demitra's agent, Matt Keator, confirmed his client was one of the players killed in the crash.

"This is just awful," Keator said. "He was such a popular guy with everyone he has ever played with."

Also from the G&M was the team roster:

Anikeyenko Vitaly
Balandin Mikhail
Vasyunov Alexander
Vasicek Josef
Vyukhin Alexander
Galimov Alexander
Demitra Pavol
Ditrih Robert
Kalimulin Marat
Kalyanin Alexander
Kiryukhin Andrei
Klyukin Nikita
Liv Stefan
Marek Jan
Ostapchuk Sergei
Rachunek Karel
Saley Ruslan
Skrastinsh Karlis
Snurnitsyn Pavel
Sobchenko Daniil
Tkachenko Ivan
Trakhanov Pavel
Churilov Gennady
Shuvalov Maksim
Yarchuk Artyom

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Just awoke to the awful news that a plane carrying the KHL's Lokomotiv Jaroslavl has crashed, killing 36.  Included on that team's roster: former NHL'ers Ruslan Salei, Karel Rachunek, Karlis Skrastins, Josef Vasicek and former Vancouver Canucks forward Pavol Demitra.  One person has been said to have survived the crash.  If you're not already following him, Puck Daddy's Dmitri Chesnokov ( @dchesnokov) would be a great follow for up to date info on this horrific tragedy.  Condolences to the KHL, the friends and families of all involved.

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