A passenger plane carrying a Russian ice hockey team to a season-opening match crashed after takeoff from a provincial airport on Wednesday, leaving 43 people feared dead.
Among those 43 was former NHL defenseman and Thrashers assistant coach Brad McCrimmon. Played with multiple teams, won the Cup with an impossibly talented and star-studded Calgary Flames team in 1989, wound up coaching the Thrashers and the Red Wings.
Other formers NHLers included the truly excellent Pavol Demitra and the truly solid Ruslan Salei, but we have to admit we're not comfortable with parochial and sectarian "people we're familiar with who've died" reactions to far-reaching tragedies. This is a horror and a misery for everyone involved. That should be a boring and obvious statement.
I'm sure most of us have wondered about this sort of thing from time to time (I know I have), thought about the possibility of an entire sports team being wiped out in one plane crash, etc. And sadly this incident isn't without precedent.
Anyway, my words are pretty worthless in this context. Life is tragic, which is why we have things like this and this.
UPDATE: Solid report and summary of events from the NY Times.
[cross-posted at Skid Bream]