Rangers C Artem Anisimov, who played as a teenager in the Yaroslavl system, heard the reports of the plane crash this morning, and said: ""I feel like – it can’t happen. I don’t want to believe it. The news says plane crash, and I feel sick... I was sitting in traffic coming here (for a workout at the MSG Training Center) and I feel sick. I know half the team...I know the staff. I grew up with some of the young guys. "
Anisimov, 23, was unaware of the status of Alexander Vasyunov, a Devils prospect, who was later confirmed dead by Devils president Lou Lamoriello. "We grew up together. I'm going to try to call later..."
Henrik Lundqvist was stunned to heard of the crash and asked reporters about a fellow Swedish goalie, Stefan Liv, who played with him on the national team in the World championships and Olympics. When told he was on the Yaroslavl roster but not confirmed dead, he put his hands to his face and said, "No, not Liv....I saw him this summer. He just got married."
Marian Gaborik, a close friend and former linemate of Pavol Demitra, heard the news this monring, skated in the scrimmage, then left the bench before the drills as the ice was being resurfaced and was not available for comment afterward, but a team official said he was taking it hard.