As the news broke of the plane crash in Russia carrying the Lokomotiv Yaroslavl hockey team of the KHL, the rest of the hockey world opened up offering their prayers, condolences and sympathies to all those affected by the horrible tragedy.
Here are some of the many tweets from the Twitter world…
Ilya Bryzgalov (@bryzgoalie30), Philadelphia Flyers:
R.I.P.#Lokomotiv #Ярославль (con’t) My deepest condolences go to families and friends of Lokomotiv. My thoughts and prayers are with wives, childrens and parents of victims… Я не могу поверить,шок,хочется проснуться
Dave Moss (@djmoss25), Calgary Flames:
Thoughts and prayers to the families of those who lost someone in the KHL plane crash, terrible summer for the hockey world
Victor Hedman (@heds77), Tampa Bay Lightning:
My thoughts and prayers goes out to all the families of the players and staff in Lokomotiv… #wordsarenotenough
Ryan Jones (@jonesry28), Edmonton Oilers:
Can’t believe what is happening this summer…Thoughts and prayers to the families and friends of the Lokomotiv team
Curtis Sanford (@curtissandford):
Another tragedy for the hockey world to deal with. Absolutely heartbreaking. Thoughts and prayers for family and friends of all.
Martin Havlat (@martinhavlat), San Jose Sharks:
I haven’t tweeted in a long time but want to speak today. To all the families of the Yaroslavl players, coaches and to the families of my good friends Josef Vasicek, Jan Marek and Karel Rachunek I send out my condolences and sympathies. You will never be forgotten.
Matthew Calvert (@mattcalvert11), Columbus Blue Jackets:
Very sad to hear about the plane crash. Thoughts and prayers are with the families.
Kevin Shattenkirk (@shattdeuces), St. Louis Blues:
Another tragedy in hockey today with the Plane crash in Russia.. My heart goes out to all of the families and friends. (con’t) Hockey lost a great legend in Demitra.. Remember watching him play a few months ago at Worlds, #anothersaddayforhockey
Max Talbot (@max25talbot), Philadelphia Flyers
Thoughts and prayers to the KHL team and their families. I’m in shock.
Brent Sopel (@brentsopel), Metallurg of KHL:
In shock. Prayers out to all of the KHL families.
Many other players and executives from around the NHL and hockey world also released statements on the tremendous loss…
Red Wings general manager Ken Holland: “Everybody’s in shock. It’s a sad day for hockey. My thoughts and prayers go out to them. There were 45 people on board with families, so many people affected. … (Brad McCrimmon) was a wonderful person. He treated people with class, treated the game with respect. It’s just shocking. A sad day. … (Ruslan Salei) was a tremendous person, really cared for his teammates, always happy when he came to the rink. Loved to compete, played hard. His teammates liked and respected him. He gave everything he had to give. He loved life. He’ll be missed.”
NHL commissioner Gary Bettman: “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. Our deepest condolences go to the families and loved ones of all who perished.”
NHL Players Association executive director Donald Fehr: “Everyone within the NHLPA family is deeply saddened by the tragic passing today of players, coaches and staff from the KHL hockey club, Lokomotiv Yaroslavl. The club included many former NHLPA members, as well as many members of the international hockey community. Words cannot express the profound sorrow that this loss has created. Our sincere condolences go out to the friends and families who have been impacted by this terrible tragedy.”
Tampa Bay Lightning GM Steve Yzerman: “The thoughts and prayers of the entire Lightning organization go out to the family and friends of those involved in the tragic plane crash today in Yaroslavl, Russia. Even though it was thousands of miles away, today’s events touched the hearts of our management, coaching staff and players. Our heartfelt condolences go out to the Yaroslavl community as well as the KHL. On a personal note, hockey lost a great individual today in my former teammate and colleague, Brad McCrimmon. My deepest condolences go out to his family and friends during this difficult time.”
Carolina Hurricanes GM Jimmy Rutherford: “We are deeply saddened to learn of today’s tragedy in Russia. Josef (Vasicek) was a key part of the Hurricanes for six years, helping us achieve some of our greatest successes. More importantly, he was a great teammate on and off the ice, and was respected as a person as well as a player. Brad McCrimmon was a member of our team while we were still in Hartford, and was well-liked by all who came in contact with him. His presence in the hockey community will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers go to the Vasicek and McCrimmon families, and the loved ones of all of today’s victims.”
Boston Bruins president Cam Neely: “On behalf of the Bruins organization I would like to express our deepest condolences to all the families and friends who lost loved ones today. I would like to express our sorrow to the McCrimmon family who lost a husband and father. Brad will always be a part of the Bruins family and will live on in all of our memories.”
Philadelphia Flyers founder Ed Snider: “I’m personally saddened to hear of the tragic death of one of our former players, Brad McCrimmon, and his team. Brad was one of the toughest defensemen to ever wear the orange and black. He gained the nickname ‘the beast’ for his tenacity on the blue line and his ability to shut down our opponents. Off the ice, Brad was a true gentleman. He was a kind, caring and wonderful human being. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family, as well as the families of those who lost their lives in this tragedy.”
Philadelphia Flyers GM Paul Holmgren: “The Philadelphia Flyers are saddened by the loss of Brad McCrimmon today. He was a terrific player for us for a number of years. Brad was also a good teammate and a wonderful friend. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Maureen, their daughter, Carlin, and son, Liam, and their family at this very difficult time.”
Phoenix Coyotes GM Don Maloney: “We are deeply saddened by the tragedy that took place today in Russia involving the Lokomotiv Yaroslavl (KHL) hockey club. On behalf of the entire Phoenix Coyotes organization, we would like to express our sincere condolences to the families and loved ones of those who perished. The Coyotes lost two members of our family in Brad McCrimmon and Igor Korolev, and our thoughts and prayers are with their families as well. Brad and Igor were part of the Coyotes inaugural season in the Valley and we will forever remember the great contributions they made to our community on and off the ice. They will be greatly missed.”
The Anaheim Ducks: “The Anaheim Ducks organization is shocked and saddened to learn of the passing of Ruslan Salei. ‘Rusty’ was a fan favorite and dedicated member of the Orange County community since being drafted by Anaheim in 1996. Our thoughts and prayers go to his wife and three children, along with all of the other members of the hockey community affected by this horrible tragedy.”
The Florida Panthers: “The entire Florida Panthers organization is deeply shocked and saddened after learning about today’s plane crash involving the Kontinental Hockey League’s Lokomotiv Yaroslavl hockey club, which included the loss of former Florida Panthers Alexander Karpovtsev, Ruslan Salei and Karlis Skrastins. Our thoughts and prayers are with all those families who have lost loved ones in this tragic and unfortunate accident.”
Colorado Avalanche president Pierre Lacroix: “The entire Colorado Avalanche organization is deeply saddened by this morning’s horrific news regarding the Kontinental Hockey League’s Lokomotiv Yaroslavl. Moreover, we are all in a state of shock regarding the deaths of former Avalanche defensemen Karlis Skrastins and Ruslan Salei. Our thoughts and prayers go out their families as well as those involved in this devastating incident.”
Colorado Avalanche executive advisor Joe Sakic: “I am still in disbelief about today’s tragic news. Both Karlis and Ruslan were unbelievable individuals and great teammates. They will be sorely missed. My condolences go out to their families and all those affected in this tragedy.”
Source: NHL.com, Twitter, Mlive.com