Among those killed in Wednesday’s crash was Lokomotiv coach and NHL veteran Brad McCrimmon, a native of Dodsland, Saskatchewan. McCrimmon, 52, who took over as coach in May, was most recently an assistant coach with the Detroit Red Wings, and played for years in the NHL for Boston, Philadelphia, Detroit, Calgary, Hartford and Phoenix. He played in 1,222 NHL games between 1979-97, compiling 81 goals and 322 assists.
Detroit coach Mike Babcock said McCrimmon “wanted to be a head coach, so he went to Russia to do it.”
Before joining the NHL, McCrimmon played for three seasons in the Western Hockey League for the Brandon Wheat Kings. In 1979, McCrimmon helped lead the Wheat Kings to their first WHL championship.