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Russian hockey team members die in plane crash

An airplane carrying members of a Russian hockey team crashed Wednesday shortly after taking off, killing at least 43 people, including a number of former NHL players.According to the Russian Emergency Situations Ministry, a Yak-42 plane crashed just after taking off from an airport near the city of Yaroslavl on the Volga River. A total of 45 people were on board, including 37 passengers and eight crew members.The Kontinental Hockey League confirmed on its website that the aircraft was carrying players and staff of the Lokomotiv Yaroslavl hockey club. The team was flying to Minsk, Belarus , to open the season Thursday against Dinamo Minsk.According to the KHL, newly-appointed head coach Brad McCrimmon, a former NHL defenseman and assistant coach, was among those killed, as were recent NHL players Pavol Demitra , Ruslan Salei , Karel Rachunek, Josef Vasicek, Karlis Skrastins and Alexander Vasyunov."Though it occurred thousands of miles away from our home arenas, this tragedy represents ...

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