This news is very breaking, but there are reports that a plane carrying KHL team Lokomotiv team crashed in Russia, killing 36. Among those listed on Lokomotiv's roster is Josef Vasicek, a long-time Hurricane that was drafted in the fourth-round by Carolina in 1998.
There is no word on who perished or survived, but our thoughts are with everyone on the plane, their families and the the Lokomotiv organization. We'll try and update the news as we have it.
More: Former Hartford Whaler Brad McCrimmon is listed as the team's head coach. He served as a Red Wings assistant the past three seasons and has been coaching since retiring in 1996-97.
• James Mirtle reports Pavol Demitra's agent confirmed he is among those who died.
• From CNN.com: The aircraft collided with the antenna of the airport beacon, fell to the ground and broke into several pieces and caught fire, Izvolsky said.
• According to Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy, Russia Today is reporting McCrimmon is among the dead.
• Reports that the Czech Embassy in Moscow has confirmed the deaths of Vasicek, Karel Rachunek and Jan Marek.