Former Devils Vasyunov, Rachunek Among Those Dead In KHL Plane Crash

Posted by on September 7, 2011

A plane carrying the KHL’s Lokomotiv Yaroslavl team crashed shortly after takeoff today, killing most on board.

R.I.P.

The plane was carrying the team’s main roster, and four players from their youth team. They were on their way to Minsk for their first game of the season.

Among the players on the team were Alexander Vasyunov and Karel Rachunek.

Karel Rachunek played for the Devils in ’07-’08. He played in 47 games for the team, netting four goals and nine assists. He was a +3 with 40 PIMs. He played in 371 NHL games with the Devils, Rangers and Senators. He was 32 years old.

Alex Vasyunov was selected 58th overall by the Devils in the 2006 NHL Draft. He played in 43 games for Lokomotiv from the ’05-’06 season to the ’08-’09 season.

He made his debut with the Lowell Devils in ’08-’09, scoring 15 goals and 13 assists in 69 games.

After another season with Lowell and 50 games with Albany last season, he finally made his NHL debut with the Devils on October 23rd, 2010, against Buffalo.

Vasyunov scored his first NHL goal on November 12, 2010 against the Edmonton Oilers.

He re-joined Lokomotiv Yaroslavl on June 27, signing a one–year contract with the team. He was 23.

Here is Lou Lamoriello’s statement on the crash.

First pictures from the crash site. Site translated to English.

There are reports of up to three survivors.

The team’s full roster (from Wikipedia):

#↓ Nat↓ Player↓ Pos↓ S/G↓ Age↓ Acquired↓ Birthplace
57 Russia Vitaly Anikeyenko D R 24 2005 Kiev, Ukrainian SSR
39 Russia Mikhail Balandin D L 31 2011 Lipetsk, Russian SFSR
21 Russia Gennady Churilov C L 24 2005 Magnitogorsk, Russian SFSR
38 Slovakia Pavol Demitra C L 36 2010 Dubnica nad Váhom, Czechoslovakia
20 Germany Robert Dietrich D L 25 2011 Ordzhonikidze, Ukrainian SSR
11 Russia Alexander Galimov RW L 26 2004 Yaroslavl, Russian SFSR
74 Russia Marat Kalimulin D R 23 2010 Togliatti, Russian SFSR
28 Russia Alexander Kalyanin RW L 23 2008 Chelyabinsk, Russian SFSR
83 Russia Andrei Kiryukhin RW L 24 2005 Yaroslavl, Russian SFSR
23 Russia Nikita Klyukin C L 21 2005 Rybinsk, Russian SFSR
64 Russia Ivan Krasnov F L 19 2009 Yaroslavl, Russia
1 Sweden Stefan Liv G L 30 2011 Gdynia, Poland
15 Czech Republic Jan Marek C R 31 2011 Jindřichův Hradec, Czechoslovakia
32 Russia Sergei Ostapchuk LW R 21 2007 Novopolotsk, Belorussian SSR
4 Czech Republic Karel Rachůnek (C) D R 32 2010 Gottwaldov, Czechoslovakia
24 Belarus Ruslan Salei D L 36 2011 Minsk, Belorussian SSR
37 Latvia Karlis Skrastinš D R 37 2011 Riga, Latvian SSR
69 Russia Pavel Snurnitsyn F L 19 2009 Yaroslavl, Russia
13 Russia Daniil Sobchenko C L 20 2007 Kiev, Ukrainian SSR
17 Russia Ivan Tkachenko (A) LW L 31 2001 Yaroslavl, Russian SFSR
3 Russia Pavel Trakhanov D L 33 2011 Moscow, Russian SFSR
81 Russia Yuri Urychev D R 20 2009 Yaroslavl, Russian SFSR
63 Czech Republic Josef Vasicek (A) C L 30 2008 Havlíčkův Brod, Czechoslovakia
18 Russia Alexander Vasyunov LW R 23 2011 Yaroslavl, Russian SFSR
35 Ukraine Alexander Vyukhin G L 38 2010 Sverdlovsk, Russian SFSR
72 Russia Artem Yarchuk LW L 21 2010 Yaroslavl, Russian SFSR
61 Russia Maxim Zyuzyakin F R 20 2008 Novokuznetsk, Russian SFSR

Thoughts are with the family and friends of all of those affected by the crash.

Last modified on September 8, 2011

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One Response to “Former Devils Vasyunov, Rachunek Among Those Dead In KHL Plane Crash”

  1. Matt Reitz Says:

    Lamoriello’s statement pretty much nailed it on the head… “Nothing could prepare the hockey community for the devastating news it received today. The tragic plane crash involving Lokomotiv Yaroslavl of the Kontinental Hockey League has left all of us beyond words.”

    So young…