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A Dark Day

from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,

Mike Babcock couldn’t wait to walk in his front door and hug his three kids late Wednesday afternoon.

“I’m going to hang up on you,” Babcock told NHL.com as he rushed from his car into his house.

Only hours earlier, the coach of the Detroit Red Wings received a harsh reminder of how precious time with family—his wife Maureen and kids Allie, Michael and Taylor—actually is.

Babcock’s friend and former assistant coach Brad McCrimmon, along with one of his former players, Ruslan Salei, were among the at least 43 passengers that died in a plane crash near the city of Yaroslavl in Central Russia on Wednesday. The majority of the passengers on board were members of the Kontinental Hockey League team Lokomotiv.

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Bob McKenzie of TSN gives his thoughts on this tragic day, watch the video at TSN.

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  Tags: brad+mccrimmon, khl, lokomotiv

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One of the things I have always loved about Mike Babcock is that he puts family at the top of his priority list - always.

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 09/07/11 at 08:38 PM ET

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MsRedWinger:

You are correct and that is also why he is a great coach.

Prayers to all the families in this difficult time

Posted by Nathalie on 09/07/11 at 08:43 PM ET

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