There is sad news today out of Russia, as it is being reported via ESPN that a plane carrying the Lokomotiv ice hockey team has crashed in Western Russia.â†µ
At least 43 people are reported to have been killed of the 45 said to be aboard the Yak-42 aircraft.â†µ
The plane was on its way to Minsk, where the Continental Hockey League team was going to play its season-opening game.â†µ
Lokomotiv is coached by Canadian Brad McCrimmon and includes such international stars as Stefan Liv of Sweden and Czech Republic players Josef Vaicek and Jan Marek. The team is a 3-time league champion and finished third last season.â†µ
The league (with the initials KHL in Russian) comprises teams from Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Latvia and Slovakia.â†µ
Reportedly, the weather was sunny and clear at the time.â†µ
Our sincerest condolences to all involved. Just a tragic bit of news.