A tragedy of epic proportions has rocked the hockey world. In Russia, the plane carrying Team Lokamotiv of the KHL has crashed, killing 43 of 45 people on board. Plane crash in Russia involves KHL team - NHL.com - News Russian jet carrying Lokomotiv of KHL crashes, 43 dead - ESPN Former NHL Players who have been confirmed to have passed in this accident include: Pavol Demitra, Karlis Skrastins, Karel Rachunek, Stefan Liv, Alexander Vasyunov, Ruslan Salei, Brad McCrimmon, Igor Korolev, and Alexander Karpotsev. his tragedy follows a summer that has been marred by the deaths of 3 other hockey players.. . Wade Belak died on August 31st. Rick Rypien died on August 15th and Derek Boogaard died on May 13th.