CANADIAN COACH MCCRIMMON AMONG 43 DEAD IN RUSSIAN PLANE CRASH

TUNOSHNA, Russia -- The Kontinental Hockey League has confirmed that Canadian coach Brad McCrimmon is among the 43 people killed in a plane crash in Russia.

The plane carrying members of the Lokomotiv hockey team crashed today while taking off from Yaroslavl in western Russia.

The Yak-42 was taking the team to Minsk, the capital of Belarus, for a game Thursday against Dynamo Minsk in the opening game of the KHL season.

Officials say Russian player Alexander Galimov survived the crash along with a crew member.

McCrimmon took over as head coach in May.

A native of Saskatchewan, the 52-year-old was most recently an assistant coach with the Detroit Red Wings, and played for years in the NHL for Boston, Philadelphia, Detroit, Hartford and Phoenix.

ASSOCIATED PRESS
9/7/2011 11:36:10 AM

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