FARMINGTON, Mich. -- Brad McCrimmon was many things to many people during his hockey career.
Saturday, during a funeral service at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church, Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock remembered McCrimmon as both a hockey player that was among the most physically imposing of his generation and also as a loving family man.
McCrimmon, 52, died in the crash of a chartered Yak-42 airplane that crashed shortly after takeoff in the Russian town of Yaroslavl. The plane carried the Lokomotiv hockey team, which was travelling to Minsk, Belarus for its first game of the Kontinental Hockey League season. Thirty-seven members of the Lokomotiv franchise were among the 44 people to die in the crash. Among the players to die were former Red Wings defenseman Ruslan Salei and former goaltending prospect Stefan Liv.