Before Game 5, Jagr called over to the legendary Devils goalie, “Hey, Marty, how does it feel to be 40?” It must feel pretty good — Brodeur is moving on.
It was a tragedy felt well outside the hockey world. Nets coach Avery Johnson was in Russia when a Kontinental Hockey League team’s chartered jet crashed, killing 44 people.
For the Rangers, an already dark summer just became unimaginably worse. New York players struggled to comprehend a shocking loss to their sport after a chartered Russian plane carrying several NHL veterans crashed.
The far-reaching air disaster in Western Russia sadly claimed the lives of many celebrated former Rangers, Devils and Islanders representing Lokomotiv Yaroslav.
A jet carrying a top KHL team crashed while taking off Wednesday in western Russia, killing 43 people. Four names familiar to New York hockey fans were employed by Lokomotiv, and the team has confirmed that their entire main roster was on the Yak-42.
The NJ Devils could have some stiff competition for NHL star Ilya Kovalchuk. Yahoo! Sports is reporting that Kovalchuk’s agent has reached out to the president of Russia’s KHL.