RT News has been broadcasting news about a Russian plane crash, carrying a hockey team from the KHL, has claimed the life of 43. Several of those dead were NHL hockey players, including coach Brad McCrimmon and Pavol Demitra. NHL.com first reported on the crash around 11 a.m. EST. Meanwhile, ESPN has made exactly one mention of the crash – at 11:47 EST – and then went back to NFL, Texas A&M and Steven Strasburg.
At approximately 11:15 a.m., ESPN was busily interviewing Miss America about her performance of God Bless America this morning during the Yankees-Orioles game.
The team’s head coach, Brad McCrimmon, played in the NHL and most recently served as an assistant coach with the Detroit Red Wings before taking the Yaroslavl job in May. The Russian Times confirmed that McCrimmon also died in the crash.
Defensemen Karel Rachunek, Ruslan Salei and Karlis Skrastins, as well as forwards Pavol Demitra and Josef Vasicek all spent a good deal of time in the NHL and were listed on the most current roster on the KHL website. Forward Alexander Vasyunov played in 18 games with the New Jersey Devils this past season.
Former NHLers Igor Korolev and Alexander Karpovtsev were listed as assistant coaches for Lokomotiv.
Meanwhile, as we type this post, Peyton Manning is “Breaking News.”
He’s been ruled out of this week’s game. Of course that means his NFL games played streak is over. At least he didn’t die in a Russian plane crash.
According to Puck Daddy, the entire main roster from the Yaroslavl team were on board. Sad day, now back to what Brady Hoke thinks about his team’s chances against a poor Notre Dame team.
[Streaming LIVE Coverage of crash - RT News]