Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 09/09/11 at 12:04 AM ET
from of Nicholas J. Cotsonika Yahoo,
You want to change the subject, but you can’t. Not yet.
It’s Thursday afternoon at the Prudential Center, home of the New Jersey Devils. The NHL is holding its annual player media tour. There are stars all over the place – Alex Ovechkin in his gear over here, Sidney Crosby in a suit over there – in town for interviews and photo shoots and promo tapings to hype the upcoming season.
And in a sunny atrium stands Pavel Datsyuk, the Detroit Red Wings’ dazzling magician, talking about death.
A plane crashed Wednesday in Datsyuk’s home country. It was carrying the Kontinental Hockey League team Lokomotiv Yaroslavl. It was carrying Brad McCrimmon, who had been an assistant coach for the Wings. It was carrying Ruslan Salei, who had been a defenseman for the Wings. It was carrying several others Datsyuk had played with or against in Russia or the NHL.
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