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Ex-NHL All-Star

Killed In Horrific Plane Crash

9/7/2011 8:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0907_russian_plane_BNFormer L.A. Kings hockey player Pavol Demitra -- a 3x NHL All-Star -- was one of 43 people killed when a plane carrying a Russian hockey team crashed outside of Moscow this morning.

Russian officials say TWO people on board survived the crash -- a crew member and a player named Alexander Galimov.

The plane was carrying a team called the "Lokomotiv Yaroslavl" -- which was en route to Belarus for the season opener -- when it crashed shortly after departing from an airport 150 miles outside of Moscow.

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Several former NHL players are believed to have died in the crash along with 36-year-old Demitra -- including Karel Rachunek, Josef Vasicek, Brad McCrimmon, Igor Korolev and Alexander Karpovtsev.

It's unclear why the plane went down -- local reports say the weather was not a factor.

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Real Person    

the good news is... they won't have to eat each other, lucky they don't play soccer.

1051 days ago
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Delaware D    

Horrible.

1051 days ago
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Edgars    

You forgot NHL IRON MAN Karlis Skrastins from Latvia

1051 days ago
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King Beef    

You forgot Ruslan Salei.

1051 days ago
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OrlyHarvey    

In Russia Plane drives you.

1051 days ago
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neicey    

To all R.I.P

1051 days ago
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Eddie    

Actually, the player that survived has no died. Also, there are conflicting reports regarding Salei. Some say he was on the plane, others say he took an earlier flight, and others say he took an earlier flight and arrived.

Sad. Three suicides over the summer, and now this plane crash.

1051 days ago
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JLW    

Its great only the all star is important there were other players on the plane

1051 days ago
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Kevin    

RIP. However, flying in Russia has to be like playing Russian Roullette, you never know when your gonna get that bang.

1051 days ago
10.

Linus    

Rest in peace, Stefan Liv.

1051 days ago
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Edgars    

Salei was on that plane

1051 days ago
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northern gypsy    

i'm guessing low...or...no mechanical maintenance...
tragically the passengers paid the price..
condolences to the families and close friends...

1051 days ago
13.

Meanie    

Very sad. To all who perished.... RIP.

1051 days ago
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VanNucks    

RIP to all of the players - but on a sidenote Demitra also played for the Vancouver Canucks and will be greatly missed by this city.

1051 days ago
15.

Denise    

RIP darling Palo :-(((((

1051 days ago
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