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Isles, NHL release statement about Lokomotiv tragedy

Islanders GM Garth Snow:

“The entire New York Islanders organization is saddened by the confirmed reports of the devastating plane crash involving the Kontinental Hockey League club, Lokomotiv. Our hearts and prayers go out to all the families that lost loved ones on that flight. Three members of the Islanders family were passengers, including former assistant coach Brad McCrimmon, defenseman Alexander Karpovtsev and forward Josef Vasicek. We send our deepest sympathies to everyone who has been affected by this tragic event.”

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman:

"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.”


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