If you haven't heard the terrible news yet out of Russia, a plane carrying the entire Lokomotiv professional hockey team crashed earlier today, killing nearly everyone on board. Some reports say that only one crew member survived the crash, but others say player Alexander Galimov survived as well.
According to the AP:
The Emergency Ministry said Czech players Josef Vasicek, Karel Rachunek and Jan Marek, Swedish goalie Stefan Liv, Canadian coach Brad McCrimmon and Latvian defenseman Karlis Skrastins were among those killed.
"This is the darkest day in the history of our sport. This is not only a Russian tragedy, the Lokomotiv roster included players and coaches from 10 nations," said Rene Fasel, president of the international Ice Hockey Federation. "This is a terrible tragedy for the global ice hockey community."
The Russian team also featured several top European players and former NHL stars, including Slovakian forward and national team captain Pavol Demitra, who played in the NHL for the St. Louis Blues and Vancouver Canucks.
Our thoughts are with the families of those who were killed, and with the entire international hockey community.