Monday, September 12, 2011

Alexander Galimov the only Surviving Russian hockey player dies from injuries after plane crash - 12th Sept 2011

The only hockey player to survive a plane crash in Russia last week, Alexander Galimov, died of his injuries Monday, a hospital statement said.

"Despite continuing therapy using all possible contemporary treatment, Alexander Galimov died from severe burns in the burn center of the Vishnevsky Institute of Surgery," a statement posted on the hospital's web page said.

The Yak-42 passenger airplane was carrying 45 people, including eight crew members, when it crashed just after takeoff outside Yaroslavl Wednesday afternoon. It was bound for Minsk, Belarus, where the team was to play Thursday.

Many of those on Lokomotiv Yaroslavl's roster had ties to the National Hockey League -- which includes teams from the United States and Canada -- including Pavol Demitra, a former Minnesota Wild and Vancouver Canucks center from Slovakia, and Josef Vasicek from the Czech Republic, who had played with the New York Islanders and Carolina Hurricanes. Another Lokomotiv player, Ruslan Salei from Belarus, had skated for the Anaheim Mighty Ducks, Colorado Avalanche and the Red Wings.

Yaroslavl Lokomotiv head coach Brad McCrimmon, a Canadian who also died in the crash, was an NHL veteran as well, the league said on its website. Source