Reaction to Russian plane crash

Reaction to the plane crash in Russia that killed at least 43
people, including members of the top Russian ice hockey team

”This is the darkest day in the history of our sport. This is
not only a Russian tragedy, the Lokomotiv roster included players
and coaches from 10 nations. This is a terrible tragedy for the
global ice hockey community with so many nationalities involved.”
– International Ice Hockey Federation President Rene Fasel.

”Though it occurred thousands of miles away from our home
arenas, this tragedy represents a catastrophic loss to the hockey
world – including the NHL family, which lost so many fathers, sons,
teammates and friends who at one time excelled in our league.” –
NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman.

”The club included many former NHLPA members, as well as many
members of the international hockey community. Words cannot express
the profound sorrow that this loss has created. Our sincere
condolences go out to the friends and families who have been
impacted by this terrible tragedy.” – NHL Players’ Association
Executive Director Don Fehr.

”We will do our best to ensure that hockey in Yaroslavl does
not die, and that it continues to live for the people that were on
that plane.” – Russian Ice Hockey Federation President Vladislav

”I’m in shock!!!!!R.I.P …” – Russian NHL star Alex Ovechkin
of the Washington Capitals on Twitter.

”I am still in disbelief about today’s tragic news. Both Karlis
(Skrastins) and Ruslan (Salei) were unbelievable individuals and
great teammates. They will be sorely missed. My condolences go out
to their families and all those affected in this tragedy.” –
Colorado Avalanche executive adviser Joe Sakic.

”Nothing could prepare the hockey community for the devastating
news it received today. The tragic plane crash involving Lokomotiv
Yaroslavl of the Kontinental Hockey League has left all of us
beyond words.” – New Jersey Devils general manager Lou

”I think it’s a huge loss for the hockey world. … A tragedy
for the hockey world.” – Detroit Red Wings captain Nicklas

”The St. Louis Blues have lost two members of our family, Pavol
Demitra and Igor Korolev. … Pavol and Igor were both incredibly
passionate and dedicated players and their influence in St. Louis
was not only felt on the ice, but throughout the community.” – St.
Louis Blues president John Davidson.

”Josef (Vasicek) was a key part of the Hurricanes for six
years, helping us achieve some of our greatest successes. More
importantly, he was a great teammate on and off the ice, and was
respected as a person as well as a player. Brad McCrimmon was a
member of our team while we were still in Hartford, and was well
liked by all who came in contact with him. His presence in the
hockey community will be greatly missed.” – Carolina Hurricanes
general manager Jim Rutherford.

”He (Stefan Liv) proved his talent as an ice hockey player
through his presence in the national team. His constant striving to
become a better player showed an incredible strength. I think that
revealed his greatness.” – Swedish Ice Hockey Association chairman
Christer Englund.

”Jan Marek, Karel Rachunek and Josef Vasicek contributed
greatly to the best successes of our ice hockey in the recent
years, first of all to the gold medals at the world championships
in 2005 and 2010. They were excellent players, but also great
friends and personalities. That’s how we will remember them.” –
Czech Ice Hockey Association President Tomas Kral.

”That’s horrible. I had many close friends there, I know the
families. Just half a year ago, I trained those guys.” – Czech
coach Vladimir Vujtek, who guided Lokomotiv Yaroslavl to league
titles in 2002 and 2003.