The agent for former Minnesota Wild forward Pavol Demitra confirmed that the 36-year-old is among the 43 team and crew members that died Wednesday in a plane crash near the city of Yaroslavl in western Russia.
The Yakovlev Yak-42 airplane crashed and caught fire less than two kilometers from the airport. The weather was sunny and clear at the time of the crash.
The initial report states that the plane had insufficient lift and hit a beacon tower. An air traffic controller said the plane "was some 50-60 meters off the ground when it tilted to the left and crashed."
Lokomotiv officials confirmed that the team's entire roster plus four junior members were on board the 21-year-old airplane.
The lone survivor from the team is 26-year-old forward Alexander Galimov, who has been with the team his 2004. He is in critical condition at the hospital with burns covering 80-percent of his body. The only other survivor is the plane's flight engineer.
The Lokomotiv was leaving Yaroslavl for its season opening game against the Minsk HC Dynamo in Minsk, Belarus Thursday.
Kontinental Hockey League officials are having a meeting to discuss appropriate measures after the tragic crash and death of an entire team. The league was in the midst of its opening game between the Salavat Ulaev and Atlant. That game was halted and postponed.
Other former NHLers on the Lokomotiv roster include head coach Brad McCrimmon, defensemen Karel Rachunek, Ruslan Salei and Karlis Skrastins and forwards Josef Vasicek and Alexander Vasyunov.
Demitra played two seasons with the Wild, including the team's only Northwest Division championship, in 2006-07 and 2007-08.
He spent two more seasons in the National Hockey League with the Vancouver Canucks before playing last season for the Kontinental Hockey League's Yaroslavl HC Lokomotiv.
The Dubnica, Slovakia native scored 304 goals, had 464 assists and recorded a plus-124 rating in 847 career NHL games.