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Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club Statement On The Lokomotiv Hockey Team Plane Crash

by Staff Writer / Colorado Avalanche
The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club released the following statement regarding this morning’s plane crash carrying the Lokomotiv KHL hockey team. 

“The entire Colorado Avalanche organization is deeply saddened by this morning’s horrific news regarding the Kontinental Hockey League’s Lokomotiv Yaroslavl,” said President Pierre Lacroix

“Moreover, we are all in a state of shock regarding the deaths of former Avalanche defensemen Karlis Skrastins and Ruslan Salei.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to their families as well as those involved in this devastating incident.”

“I am still in disbelief about today’s tragic news,” said Executive Advisor/Alternate Governor Joe Sakic.  “Both Karlis and Ruslan were unbelievable individuals and great teammates.  They will be sorely missed.  My condolences go out to their families and all those affected in this tragedy.”

Skrastins spent four seasons with the Avalanche, appearing in 275 regular season games from 2003-2004 to 2007-2008.  He set an NHL record of 495 consecutive games played by a defenseman, while playing for the organization.

Salei spent three seasons with the Avalanche, appearing in 101 regular season games from 2007-2008 to 2009-2010.
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