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Old 09-07-2011, 12:05 PM   #3626
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For those wondering, something similar to this has happened in North America. In 1970, the plane carrying the Marshall University Football team crashed and killed all 37 players and 5 coaches aboard the plane.
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For those wondering, something similar to this has happened in North America. In 1970, the plane carrying the Marshall University Football team crashed and killed all 37 players and 5 coaches aboard the plane.
They made a movie on it - We Are Marshall (2006)

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The Vancouver Canucks in partnership with Rogers Sportsnet are delighted to announce that Rogers Sportsnet will broadcast two games of the 2011 Canucks Young Stars Tournament on September 11th and 12th. All eight games will be streamed live on Canucks.com and sportsnet.ca.
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It never seems to end for Vancouver Canucks general manager Mike Gillis, he being hit particularly hard with the news of the Russian plane crash Wednesday morning.

Not only did he lose former client and good friend Pavol Demitra in the hideous tragedy, another close friend and former teammate Brad McCrimmon was coaching the Locomotiv team.

McCrimmon and Gillis were born within four months of each other and while they were taken in different drafts, both ended up in Boston together playing as young kids who didn't see much ice time under coach Harry Sinden, which was enough to bond any two people together for life.

“What is there to say really,” said Gillis before sharing a few fond memories of his two friends. “Really, with Rick this summer setting us all back the way it has, what more is there to say.”

Since Gillis has become GM in Vancouver, he's had the death of Luc Bourdon by motocycle accident, Taylor Pyatt's fiance Carly Bragnalo having been killed in Jamaica in a car accident, Rick Rypien's presumed suicide and now two close friends going down in the same plane crash. And we're probably forgetting someone too.

Gillis had not yet spoken to Demitra's wife Maja but had been in communication with the financial people in New York with whom he set up the family with a year ago and they reported that she was in a dreadful state one might well expect. Demitra's son Lucas is a promising skier who loved the North Shore mountains when Demitra played here in Vancouver and younger daughter Zara is also left behind. And the family has already been through the death of another young son Tobias in 2005, he having been Zara's twin.

The two met when Demitra engaged Gillis to be his agent when the player was in St. Louis and they became very good friends over the years given the ins and outs of contract negotiations, moves and counseling that goes on. And that relationship subsequently grew when the two began relating to each other as player and GM when Pavol signed to come to Vancouver. It was one of Demitra's biggest career disappointments that he was unable to do more in Vancouver after Gillis had put himself on the line by signing him to play here. And it was particularly perplexing given the brilliant Olympics he put in for Slovakia while he was playing for the Canucks, Demitra the leading scorer in the tournament but unable to bring that great international talent to bear during his last years in the NHL.

If anything though, Gillis was even closer to McCrimmon, whom he had somewhat taken under his wing recently with respect to career advancement as the former teammate tried to climb the coaching ranks in order to reach the ultimate goal of becoming a head coach in the NHL.

“I was actually surprised he took the Russian job so quickly,” said Gillis being taken somewhat by surprise by his friend's decision to go to the KHL.

Gillis and McCrimmon would see each other and have a chat about old times every time the Canucks would play the Detroit Red Wings which was the team McCrimmon worked for as an assistant to Mike Babcock until he took the job in Russia this summer.

Iit's well known that travel in the KHL is fraught with danger given the long flights, the terrible weather conditions and the dreadful aircraft that are sometimes used by some of these teams looking to cut corners. Former Flames coach Dave King has said when he coached over in Russia his team used an old plane the players referred to as the 'Pterodactyl' because of its age. And given the levels of corruption in the country with respect to tests that are or are not conducted by various transportation officials you certainly have a higher risk level when it comes to travel.

And now with information coming out that the plane may not have been approved for flying to Europe which was the intended destination of the flight, you're looking at the possibility of a whole legal can of worms being opened on top of the human tragedy.

You have to wonder when Gillis and the Canucks are finally going to get through all this.



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For those wondering, something similar to this has happened in North America. In 1970, the plane carrying the Marshall University Football team crashed and killed all 37 players and 5 coaches aboard the plane.
I can't remember, but wasn't there a Bronco's team that was on a bus that crashed.
My co-worker just told me it was the Swift Current Bronco's. Joe Sakic was on the team that year.

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Manchester united team also went down in a plane crash in Germany. Many years ago. Rip to all that lost their lives. What a sad day for the sports world.
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the team was rank 3rd amongs the khl last season 1st in their division
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Manchester united team also went down in a plane crash in Russia. Rip to all that lost their lives. What a sad day for the sports world.
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Sad day for fans across the league. A lot of former NHLers from around the league died in that crash. Igor Korolev and Alexander Karpovtsev being former Leaf players.

Demitra was a beast in the Olympics and almost managed to knock Canada out of tournament in the semi-finals.

I was hearing on the radio that Demitra paid for his whole team to go out so they could get to know each other before the season started.
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I didn't mean today. It happened in the past. People were saying other teams that went down in horrible crashes no one mentioned Manchester united. Happened quite a few years ago.
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I was hearing on the radio that Demitra paid for his whole team to go out so they could get to know each other before the season started.
From all account Demitra was an amazing person, always looking out for others and teammates. He kept in touch with the Canucks even though he was in Russia just checking on how the guys and their families were doing. He was just in Vancouver with his family too in June catching up with everyone and the city. Little stuff like that and hearing stories about him going out of his way to sign autographs and take pictures with fans.

One thing that has bugged me today is some Canucks fans going on about how Demitra sucked in Vancouver. The guy just died today in one of hockey's most tragic events and thats what you focus on? He did put up 50pts in 60ish games, that extremely respectable IMO and his 2nd season, he was hurt most of it and his wife was really ill, so you have to figure when your significant other is really sick, you're going to be distracted at work, no matter if your job is to play hockey or flip burgers.


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What a sad event to happen. I hope they all went quietly when it happened. RIP to the whole team.












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why the fails? Obviously he meant munich germany in the 70's? i believe. Not today....
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why the fails? Obviously he meant munich germany in the 70's? i believe. Not today....
He should of said that then, cause honestly I was like WTF and went direct to TSN to see if that was the truth...
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In light of what happened today, today is also the birthday for a bunch of former canuck players.
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I hope the NHL will have some sorta patch worn league wide or IIHF for this upcoming season to show sorta respect to the lokomotiv team and some ex nhl players. Although they had tension in the past, the hockey world is small everybody knows everybody.
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why the fails? Obviously he meant munich germany in the 70's? i believe. Not today....
How was it obvious he meant germany when he said russia?
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