NHL commissoner Gary Bettman released a statement Wednesday after the plane carrying KHL team Lokomotiv Yaroslavl crashed, killing 43 people including former Bruins defenseman Brad McCrimmon (the head coach of the team), as well as former NHL players Ruslan Salei, Pavol Demitra, Karel Rachunek, Karlis Skrastins and Josef Vasicek.
"Though it occurred thousands of miles away from our home arenas, this tragedy represents a catastrophic loss to the hockey world -- including the NHL family, which lost so many fathers, sons, teammates and friends who at one time excelled in our league," Bettman said. "Our deepest condolences go to the families and loved ones of all who perished.”
According to a report from Yahoo! Sports, no plans have been made regarding how the team will repopulate its roster.
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FOXBORO -- Patriots quarterback Tom Brady admitted Wednesday that the team's offensive unit has overcome some inconsistencies if they are to reach their ultimate goal of winning a fourth Super Bowl. Brady and the Patriots returned to the main Gillette Stadium practice field Wednesday in preparation for the season opener Monday night in Miami.
"We're a long way from figuring out where we're going to be," Brady said. "I'm sure every week we're going to improve if we keep working hard at it. But we've only been togther five or six weeks. I'm sure there's going to be good, I'm sure there's going to be things we need to correct. Hopefully, we do enough to win."
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Editor's note: Updated at 1:05 p.m. to reflect confirmation of McCrimmon's death.
Former Bruins defenseman Brad McCrimmon is among those who died after a plane carrying the Lokomotiv Yaroslavl hockey team crashed after takeoff at an airport in Tunoshna, according to reports out of Russia. McCrimmon, 52, who played in Boston from 1979-82 and was an assistant coach for the Red Wings the past three seasons, was the head coach of the Russian team.
Red Wings coach Mike Babcock confirmed McCrimmon's death to Detroit media. "I know that Brad was on the flight, but that's all I know," Babcock said. "So, obviously, it's a tough day around here. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family."
Reports indicate the jet crashed into a radar tower just seconds after takeoff and caught fire after hitting the ground, killing 43 of the 45 people on board. The plane carried 37 team members and eight flight staffers. Former...
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