As news of the plane crash in Russia emerged Wednesday, NHL players sent messages of sympathy and shock: Here are some of the many outpourings from the Twitter universe:
Alex Ovechkin (@ovi8), Washington Capitals:
I'm in shock!!!!! R.I.P.
Ochen tiajelo teriat blizkix i dryzey!pyst czemlia bydet im pyxom!vi na vsegda v nashey pamiati!
(approximate translation: "Very hard to lose close people and friends! Let them rest in peace! You will remain forever in our memory!")
Marian Gaborik (@MGaborik10), New York Rangers:
Demo,u will always b in my heart.U were one of my best friends on and off the ice.U will be greatly missed by all of us.My condolences...
Ilya Bryzgalov (@bryzgoalie30), Philadelphia Flyers:
R.I.P.#Lokomotiv #????????? (con't) My deepest condolences go to families and friends of Lokomotiv. My thoughts and prayers are with wives, childrens and parents of victims... ?? ???? ???????? ????????????????,??????,?????????????? ????????????????????
Bobby Ryan (@b_ryan9), Anaheim Ducks:
I can't believe I'm writing another one. Thoughts and prayers to everyone affected by the KHL plane crash. Too many players gone this year.
Brandon Prust (@BrandonPrust8), New York Rangers:
The hockey world mourns yet again. Please God, we can't take much more.. Thoughts and prayers in Russia and to all friends and family.
Matt Carle (@mattcarle25), Philadelphia Flyers:
Still can't believe the tragedy that occurred in Russia...deepest sympathies to the players, coaches, and families involved #prayers #RIP
Mike Commodore (@commie22), Detroit Red Wings
Another devastating day in hockey world. Tragic news out of KHL. Thoughts and prayers to everyone involved. Don't know what else to say.
David Moss (@djmoss25), Calgary Flames:
Thoughts and prayers to the families of those who lost someone in the KHL plane crash, terrible summer for the hockey world
Victor Hedman (@heds77), Tampa Bay Lightning:
My thoughts and prayers goes out to all the families of the players and staff in Lokomotiv... #wordsarenotenough
Ryan Jones (@jonesry28), Edmonton Oilers:
Can't believe what is happening this summer...Thoughts and prayers to the families and friends of the Lokomotiv team
Steve Sullivan (@sullivan26), Pittsburgh Penguins:
Another sad day in the hockey world. Thoughts and prayers to those affected by today's tragic plane crash.
Curtis Sanford (@curtissandford):
Another tragedy for the hockey world to deal with. Absolutely heartbreaking. Thoughts and prayers for family and friends of all.
Devin Setoguchi (@dsetoguchi10), Minnesota Wild:
No words can describe this tragedy today... Thoughts and prayers to the families and friends #saddayforhockey
Andrew Ladd (@aladd16), Winnipeg Jets:
RIP Joe Vasicek One of the nicest guys I've played with and always came to the rink with a smile on his face. Gone too soon #canes2006
Tyler Bozak (@bozie42), Toronto Maple Leafs:
Thoughts and prayers to the families and friends of those involved in the tragic accident in the KHL today.
Martin Havlat (@martinhavlat), San Jose Sharks:
I haven't tweeted in a long time but want to speak today. To all the families of the Yaroslavl players, coaches and to the families of my good friends Josef Vasicek
, Jan Marek
and Karel Rachunek
I send out my condolences and sympathies. You will never be forgotten.
Zac Dalpe (@zacdalpe22), Carolina Hurricanes:
Another sad day for the hockey world. Prayers go out to everyone involved in the KHL plane crash.
Matt Calvert (@mattcalvert11), Columbus Blue Jackets:
Very sad to hear about the plane crash. Thoughts and prayers are with the families.
Mathieu Darche (@matdarche52), Montreal Canadiens:
Horrible tragedy!!! Thoughts with families. Enough hockey tragedy this summer.
Michael Grabner (@grabs40), New York Islanders:
Another terrible tragedy and loss to the hockey world-thoughts and prayers go out to all the families..makes my body shake thinking bout it
James van Riemsdyk (@jvreemer21), Philadelphia Flyers:
Terrible to hear about what happened in Russia, thoughts and prayers go out to the families.
Kevin Shattenkirk (@shattdeuces), St. Louis Blues:
Another tragedy in hockey today with the Plane crash in Russia.. My heart goes out to all of the families and friends. (con't) Hockey lost a great legend in Demitra.. Remember watching him play a few months ago at Worlds, #anothersaddayforhockey
Carl Gunnarsson (@carl_gun), Toronto Maple Leafs:
Unbelievable! Can't get what happened in Russia. Thinking of all the families and friends. So tragic
Andrew Ladd (@aladd16), Winnipeg Jets:
Still in shock about the news out of Russia. Thoughts and prayers go out to the families and friends of everyone on the plane.
RJ Umberger (@umby18), Columbus Blue Jackets
I am sickened over the plane crash of the #KHL hockey team.. this has been an awful summer for hockey. #RIP
Taylor Hall (@hallsy6), Edmonton Oilers:
What an awful summer for hockey. Thoughts and prayers with the families and friends of everyone on that flight
Ryane Clowe (@ryaneclowe29), San Jose Sharks:
Hearing the tragic news about the Russian plane crash almost brought me to my knees.. So so sad and unfair. Prayers go out to all the families.
Max Talbot (@max25talbot), Philadelphia Flyers
Thoughts and prayers to the KHL team and their families. I'm in shock.
Evander Kane (@ekane9jets), Winnipeg Jets
Can't believe what has happen with the KHL plane crash. Thoughts are with the players families and friends.
Eric Fehr (@ericfehr), Winnipeg Jets:
Terrible news out of Russia today. Prayers to all the family and friends involved! #KHL
Martin Biron (@martybiron43), New York Rangers:
Way to many players and families affected with tragic events this summer. Thoughts and prayers go out to this KHL team and their families.
John Carlson (@johncarlson74), Washington Capitals:
Gloomy day in DC and even worse news in Russia. Prayers to all the family/friends associated today. #KHL
Magnus Paajarvi (@mps_91), Edmonton Oilers:
Cannot believe it … thoughts for all the families around…
Logan Couture (@logancouture), San Jose Sharks:
Heartbreaking summer for hockey. Thoughts to everyone affected by these terrible, sad events.
Matt Duchene (@Matt9Duchene), Colorado Avalanche:
R.I.P. Rusty Salei. Was always real good to me. Thoughts and prayers go out to his family and all the other Locomotiv players families.
Nate Thompson (@natethompson44), Tampa Bay Lightning:
Tragic loss for the hockey world. Plane crash with an entire KHL team on board. Thoughts and prayers go out to there families and friends.
Ryan Shannon (@ryanshannon22), Tampa Bay Lightning:
A sad day. Thoughts and prayers go out to all those affected by the KHL plane crash.
Brent Sopel (@brentsopel), Metallurg of KHL:
In shock. Prayers out to all of the KHL families.
Ryan Whitney (@ryanwhitney6), Edmonton Oilers:
Terrible news of the plane crash carrying an entire KHL team. Thoughts and prayers go out to all families involved.
Matt Moulson (@MMoulson), New York Islanders:
At a loss for words in expressing my true sadness for all the players/staff and families involved in tragedy overseas
Steven Kampfer (@stevekampfer47), Boston Bruins:
Awful news to hear about when getting off the ice today. Thoughts and prayers go out to all of those players families and friends.
Mike Rupp (@rupper17), New York Rangers:
Absolutely disturbing news out of Russia (KHL)... Heartfelt prayers to all affected!
Scottie Upshall (@scottieupshall), Florida Panthers:
Very sad news this morning in Russia - plane carrying KHL team Lokomotiv crashes. Our condolences go out 2 all victims families and friends.
Brett Connolly (@bconnolly8), Tampa Bay Lightning:
Thoughts and prayers are with the Russian team and families #Lokomotiv
Jack Skille (@jackskille), Florida Panthers:
Prayers go out to the players and family's involved with the KHL plane crash. #RIP #sosad