NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman Releases Statement On KHL Plane Crash

Wednesday, the hockey and sports world continued to try and make sense of the horrific plane crash that claimed the lives of an entire hockey team just outside of Yaroslavl, Russia.

The deaths included former NHLer Brad McCrimmon, head coach of Lokomotiv, and ex-NHL players Karlis Skrastins, Ruslan Salei, Karel Rachunek, Josef Vasicek and Pavol Demitra, as well as New Jersey Devils prospect Alexandner Vasyunov.

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman released a statement on behalf of the league and its players to the KHL.

"Though it occurred thousands of miles away from our home arenas, this tragedy represents a catastrophic loss to the hockey world -- including the NHL family, which lost so many fathers, sons, teammates and friends who at one time excelled in our League. Our deepest condolences go to the families and loved ones of all who perished."

We'll continue to update this StoryStream with news surrounding Wednesday's plane crash.

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