We don't yet officially know exactly who was on the plane that crashed outside Yaroslavl, Russia this Wednesday, but we do know that the plane was carrying almost the entire Lokomotiv hockey team, and there are reports that the majority of those on board have died in the crash. The team was traveling to Minsk for the first game of their season, but the plane crashed on take off.
According to Sovietsky Sport and Dmirty Chesnokov, a Lokomotiv team official said that the entire team was on the plane, plus four members of the youth team. Other reports are saying that, according to authorities on the ground, 42 people were on board the plane and only two survived.
We don't know the names of the survivors, but we do know that there was a tragic loss of life Wednesday, and it's likely that several ex-NHL players are among the dead.
Former NHL defenseman Brad McCrimmon is in his first year as head coach of Lokomotiv. Other former NHL players Pavol Demitra, Ruslan Salei, Karel Rachunek, Josef Vasicek and Karlis Skrastins are all members of the club as well and presumably were on the plane.
We'll update this StoryStream as we learn more about Wednesday's horrific crash.