Wednesday, 7 September 2011

Brad McCrimmon among the dead after a plane crash in Russia

Brad McCrimmon at the 2010 Memorial Cup in Brandon
A tragedy in Russia has hit close to home for the Brandon Wheat Kings.

43 people have died in a plane crash near the city of Yaroslavl in Central Russia including former Brandon Wheat King Brad McCrimmon.

The majority of victims are believed to be members of the Kontinental Hockey League club, Lokomotiv, with whom McCrimmon was the head coach.

McCrimmon, brother of Wheat Kings' owner and GM Kelly McCrimmon, spent three seasons with the Wheat Kings from 1976 to 1979 and was twice named a WHL All-Star.

The 52-year old went on to play 18 seasons in the NHL with Boston, Philadelphia, Calgary, Detroit, Hartford and Phoenix, winning a Stanley Cup as a member of the Flames in 1989.

Following his playing career, McCrimmon was an assistant coach with several NHL teams, most recently the Detroit Red Wings.

Ron Robison, Commissioner of the Western Hockey League, released the following statement regarding the tragic passing of Brad McCrimmon on Wednesday:

"The Western Hockey League and Brandon Wheat Kings are devastated by the tragic loss of Brad McCrimmon and members of the KHL Lokomotiv Yaroslavl Hockey Club. Brad was not only one of the greatest players in WHL history, he was a great leader who had a major impact on every team he was associated with. Our thoughts and prayers along with our deepest sympathy are extended to Brad's wife Maureen and their children Carlin and Liam, the McCrimmon family, his friends and former teammates during this very difficult time."


G&B Medwid said...

Our deepest condolences to the McCrimmon family - this is a horrible tragedy.

Trav said...

It was a sad day when Brad left the Saskatoon Blades to go back to the NHL, it's even a sadder day hearing that he has passed away. To me he was the best Coach the Blades ever had. My sympathies go to his family and friends and may he rest in peace.

Anonymous said...

My greatest memory of Brad McCrimmon was the Championship game of the 1979 Memorial Cup which went to overtime before the Wheaties lost to Peterborough. Brad seemed to have been on the ice for the whole game (more like 50 minutes. Brad was a straight shooter, but with a big heart. My sincerest condolences to the McCrimmon family.