Gary Bettman on behalf of the NHL and Donald Fehr of the NHLPA, both issued statements of condolences on the Russian plane disaster.
Bettman statement on Lokomotiv Yaroslavl tragedy
NEW YORK -- Gary Bettman, Commissioner of the National Hockey League, today released the following statement on the tragedy involving the Lokomotiv Yaroslavl hockey club:
"Though it occurred thousands of miles away from our home arenas, this tragedy represents a catastrophic loss to the hockey world -- including the NHL family, which lost so many fathers, sons, teammates and friends who at one time excelled in our League. Our deepest condolences go to the families and loved ones of all who perished."
NHLPA STATEMENT ON LOKOMOTIV YAROSLAVL PLANE CRASH
Toronto (September 7, 2011) – National Hockey League Players’ Association Executive Director Don Fehr issued the following statement today regarding the tragic plane crash in Russia.
“Everyone within the NHLPA family is deeply saddened by the tragic passing today of players, coaches and staff from the KHL hockey club, Lokomotiv Yaroslavl. The club included many former NHLPA members, as well as many members of the international hockey community. Words cannot express the profound sorrow that this loss has created. Our sincere condolences go out to the friends and families who have been impacted by this terrible tragedy.”
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