Plane crash in Russia touches many

Wednesday’s tragic crash in Russia of the plane carrying the Kontinental Hockey League’s Lokomotiv team devastated the hockey world.

More than 40 people were killed in the crash, including several former NHL players and coaches.

Reaction to the tragedy was swift and emotional. Here’s a look at what some are saying:

Crash hits home

FOX Sports South’s John Manasso shares some stories about Brad McCrimmon, the man known as "The Beast." McCrimmon, who was killed in Wednesday’s plane crash in Russia, served as an assistant coach for the Atlanta Thrashers when Manasso covered the team as a beat writer. Full story

Remembering a mentor

Red Wings defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom has never forgotten the influence Brad McCrimmon had on his career, both as a teammate and an assistant coach in Detroit. FOX Sports Detroit’s Art Regner spoke to Lidstrom after Wednesday’s plane crash that killed McCrimmon. Full story

Coping with a loss

Pavol Demitra played eight years with the St. Louis Blues. FOX Sports Midwest’s Andrew Astleford spoke to several of Demitra’s former teammates in St. Louis about to the loss of a friend after Wednesday’s plane crash. Full story

Fallen teammate

Minnesota Wild goalie Josh Harding reflects on his former teammate Pavol Demitra. Having played two years with him, Harding got to know Demitra pretty well, and spoke to FOX Sports North’s Kevin Gorg about his fallen ex-teammate. Full story

Remembering the victims

FOX Sports Midwest provides a gallery of former NHL players on the Lokomotiv roster. Several former and potential future NHL players were on the plane that crashed Wednesday in Russia. View photos

More reaction from the hockey world

The tragic loss resulting from Wednesday’s plane crash in Russia is felt around the NHL and the world. See how current NHL stars and hockey leaders reacted to the news of the tragedy. Full story