Hockey Legend Pavol Demitra Killed in Team Plane Crash
Slovakia and the hockey world are in shock at the tragic news of the death of the nation’s hockey darling Pavol Demitra, who was killed in a plane crash today along with about 44 others in Jaroslavl, Russia.
Demitra’s hockey team HC Lokomotiv Jaroslavl was travelling to Belarus capital Minsk on the Jak-42 plane for the first game of the season at around 2pm CET today, but 500 or so metres from takeoff the plane crashed to the ground after an explosion.
Reports are still not confirmed but Russian authorities cited only 37 people were on board, while the media reported 44 dead and one serously injured. The latest report says two people have survived, one of the crew and player Alexandr Galimov.
Among the dead are Demitra’s three Czech team mates Jan Marek, Josef Vašíček and Karel Rachůnek. A very sad day for hockey lovers and the families and friends of all those who perished.
The Lokomotiv Yaroslavl roster according to the IIHF:Goalkeepers:
Pavol Demitra (c) J. Súkup/Štartfoto
Stefan Liv (SWE)
Olexander Vyukhin (UKR)Defencemen:
Artur Amirov (RUS)
Vitali Anikeyenko (RUS)
Mikhail Balandin (RUS)
Robert Dietrich (GER/KAZ)
Marat Kalimulin (RUS)
Karel Rachunek (CZE)
Ruslan Salei (BLR)
Maxim Shuvalov (RUS)
Karlis Skrastins (LAT)
Pavel Trakhanov (RUS)
Yuri Urychev (RUS)