Josef Vasicek, who played for the Hurricanes from 2000-2007, is feared to be among the dead after the plane carrying his Russian team crashed today.
UPDATE: The KHL, on its web site, is reporting Vasicek was among those killed in the crash.
"Joe was an awesome guy, always in good spirits, always smiling," Canes captain Eric Staal said of his former teammate. "It's just a tragedy."
Only two of the 45 to 47 people on board survived the crash, according to varying reports. A Lokomotiv Yaroslavl team official told a Russian newspaper that the team's entire playing roster was on the plane. Other reports said the survivors were a player, Alexander Galimov, and a crew member.
“We have no team any more,” Vladimir N. Malkov, a team spokesman, told the New York Times. “All our starting players, and all the service people, they all burned in the crash.”
Vasicek, who signed with Lotomotiv Yaroslavl in 2008, is listed on the team's roster, as is head coach Brad McCrimmon, who played three seasons for the Hartford Whalers.