It has been one year since the plane crash that claimed the lives of 44 of the 45 individuals on a flight carrying players and coaching staff of Lokomotiv Yaroslavl of the Kontinental Hockey League.
Our thoughts and prayers continue for those lost and their families. All of Hockeytown will remember our former teammates and friends...
Brad McCrimmon, 52, played 18 NHL seasons, including three-seasons with the Wings in the early-90s. He left the Wings’ organization in 2011 to accept the head coaching job with Lokomotiv after three seasons as an assistant to Wings’ head coach Mike Babcock. McCrimmon was affectionately known as ‘Beast’ to his friends and teammates and is survived by his wife and two children.
Ruslan Salei, 36, played 14 NHL seasons, including a pair for Babcock in Anaheim from 2002-04. Salei was a grinding-type of defenseman, and he fit perfectly into Babcock’s system, which is why the Wings signed the veteran defenseman to a one-year contract in August 2010. Salei is survived by his wife and three young children.
Stefan Liv, 30, was the first of four fourth-round draft picks selected by Detroit in 2000. However, the Polish-born goaltender chose to remain in Europe where he eventually played nine seasons for HV-71 in Sweden’s Super Elite League. In 2006, Liv signed a one-year contract with the Wings, and spent much of the season with the club’s AHL affiliate in Grand Rapids. There, Liv finished with a 15-15-2 record, a 3.01 goals-against and .895 save percentage. He was called-up twice to serve in a back-up capacity for the Wings that season, but never saw NHL action.