Washington: National Hockey League stars were stunned to learn that players on the Russian team Lokomotiv Yaroslavl were among 44 people killed on Wednesday in an airplane crash in central Russia.
"This is the darkest day in the history of our sport," International Ice Hockey Federation president Rene Fasel said. "This is not only a Russian tragedy. This is a terrible tragedy for the global ice hockey community."
Alex Ovechkin, a Russian superstar for the NHL Washington Capitals who once played for Lokomotiv's Kontinental Hockey League rival Moscow Dynamo, posted on his Twitter account "I'm in shock!!!! R.I.P" and was upset after practice.