DETROIT, MI - FILE: Ruslan Salei #24 of the Detroit Red Wings skates against the Dallas Stars on February 24, 2011 at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Michigan. According to reports September 7, 2011, Ruslan Salei, a former NHL player, died when a plane carrying the KHL's Lokomotiv Yaroslavl team crashed after taking off near the city of Yaraslavl in Russia. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Former Red Wings Ruslan Salei, Brad McCrimmon Killed In Plane Crash

A KHL team was involved in a plane crash on Wednesday in Russia. The crash killed former Red Wings assistant and player Brad McCrimmon and former Red Wings defenseman Ruslan Salei.

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Former Red Wings Defenseman Ruslan Salei Killed In Plane Crash

The plane crash on Wednesday involving the KHL team Lokomotiv killed three people with connections to the Red Wings: former assistant coach and player Brad McCrimmon, former goalie prospect Stefan Liv and former defenseman Ruslan Salei.

Salei's death was confirmed earlier in the day by the general manager of the KHL team Dinamo Minsk. Before the news was confirmed, there were conflicting reports about Salei's whereabouts and if he was on the plane that crashed. Some reports stated he was already at the team's destination and wasn't on the plane, whereas other reports placed him on the list of the people who died.

Unfortunately, the reports stating that Salei was killed in the crash turned out to be the accurate ones. He, along with 42 others, were killed in the crash. Two people initially survived the crash, but both people are in critical condition and there have been reports that Alexander Galimov, a player, has since passed away.

The other survivor is a reportedly a flight engineer, meaning essentially the entire Lokomotiv team has been wiped out by this tragedy.


Plane Crash Kills Former Red Wings Assistant Brad McCrimmon

Detroit Red Wings head coach Mike Babcock has confirmed that former assistant Brad McCrimmon was on the plane that went down in Russia on Wednesday. McCrimmon was killed in the crash, as were more than 40 others. Most of the people killed in the crash were members of the KHL team Lokomotiv, which McCrimmon coached.

Currently it has not been confirmed if former Red Wings defenseman Ruslan Salei was on the plane. Salei plays for Lokomotiv, but there are conflicting reports about his whereabouts. Some state that Salei was already at the team's destination, whereas others are saying he was on the plane.

It's worth noting that SovSport in Russia is reporting that Salei is on the list of people who were killed in the crash (via Dmitry Chesnokov). Originally his name was absent from the list, but he is now on there. Nothing has been confirmed in the United States about Salei, but the Russian outlet reports that he was on the plane and has died.

Below is video of Babcock and Nicklas Lidstrom addressing the media about this news.

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