Apparently, an aircraft carrying a KHL team, Lokomotiv, crashed shortly after take off in Yaroslavl. From what I have read, some 43 people were killed in the crash, which included just about all of the team.
Details, as is not surprising in a matter like this, are not fully clear. However, from the perspective of an Islander fan, the losses included Islanders former assistant coach, Brad McCrimmon, and former Islander center, Josef Vasicek. According to Chris Botta at islanderspointblank.com, among the other former NHL players, Pavol Demitra, Alexander Karpovtsev, Karlis Skrastins, Igor Korolev and Karel Rachunek, were also killed. To say the least, this is truly a horrible tragedy for the hockey world and all of sports in general.Josef Vasicek is a guy who, personally, struck me the “hardest”. I was a big fan of his when he played here on the island, and I always felt that he had so much more potential. He also spent time with the Hurricanes as well, and I know Gary is friends with someone who was also a big fan of Vasicek’s when he played in Carolina. Like Brad McCrimmon, he will be greatly missed.
Obviously, the thoughts and prayers of the staff of Eyes on Isles goes out to the families and loved ones of the players and all who were lost in the crash. Words cannot express my sympathy, and my deepest and most heart felt condolences goes out to everyone effected by this tragedy.
Everyone at (Eyes on Isles) and the FanSided Sports Network would like to show their sympathy by taking a moment of silence on Twitter at 9:00 a.m.
Friday. We please ask us to join us and to ask as many people you know to do the same. As a hockey family, let us all show support and sympathy to the families and loved ones of the players, as well as honoring those who were lost as a Family.