From The KHL Website

 According to the Associated Press, pilot error was the primary cause behind the September plane crash that killed the entire Russian Lokomotiv Yaroslavl team. Forty-four people died in the crash, including former NHLers  Pavol Demitra, Ruslan Salei, Karlis Skrastins, Josef Vasicek, Stefan Liv and head Coach Brad McCrimmon. One player, Aleksandr Galimov, survived the crash, but passed away 5 days later due to extreme body burns. Only one person, a crew member, survived the crash. He is still recovering, but is

The team was on the way to Minsk, Belarus for the season’s opening game. Lokomotiv, who played in The KHL,  One of the pilots accidentally pressed the brake pedals during takeoff, which didn’t allow the plane to get the required altitude to fly. The plane ride only lasted a few seconds, until eventually crashed 500 yards away from the runway.

Lokomotiv will not play this year. It was rumored that they would bring in former players, but decided it would be best to honor the players killed in the fatal crash.

You can check out the Facebook memorial page for Lokomotiv here.


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Steven took a different route towards his hockey interests. Starting out as a big Habs fan, he started to gravitate towards the more obscure levels of hockey, such as the low level tournaments in Asia, strange club matches between teams most people in North America can’t pronounce, and even some 3am contests between Bulgaria and New Zealand. Aside from his love for strange hockey events, Steven occasionally acts as a mediocre ball hockey goalie following a failed attempt at making it to the NHL as a fourth line house league grinder. Beyond hockey, Steven is an avid racing fan and loves to chat about NASCAR, F1, Indycar, you name it. Oh, and don’t get him started on music. That is, unless you want the whole history of metal and a guitar lesson. Currently, Steven is a credentialed media member with the Mississauga Steelheads of the OHL, as well as with the Oakville Blades of the OJHL. Steven has also hosted the television show "The Hockey House" on TVCogeco in Ontario, as well as a segment under the same with on LeafsTV in Toronto. Home page:

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