- Associated Press - Thursday, September 8, 2011

MOSCOW (AP) - A top ice hockey official says the Russian team decimated by a plane crash will be rebuilt in time to take part in this year’s Kontinental Hockey League season.

All but one of the 28 Lokomotiv Yaroslavl players traveling to Belarus for their first game of the season was killed when their Yak-42 jet crashed on Wednesday. Team coach and NHL veteran Brad McCrimmon, a Canadian, was also among the dead.

KHL chief Alexander Medvedev said Thursday that each team in the KHL should volunteer up to three players each toward building a new Lokomotiv squad. He says that will free up between 40 and 45 players from which Lokomotiv can pick.

The KHL said on its website that league matches planned for the weekend have been postponed and that games will resume Monday.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP’s earlier story is below.

MOSCOW (AP) _ A top ice hockey official says the Russian team decimated by a plane crash will be rebuilt in time to take part in this year’s Kontinental Hockey League season.

All but one of the 28 Lokomotiv Yaroslavl players traveling to Belarus for their first game of the season was killed when their Yak-42 jet crashed on Wednesday. Team coach and NHL veteran Brad McCrimmon, a Canadian, was also among the dead.

KHL chief Alexander Medvedev said Thursday that each team in the KHL should volunteer up to three players each toward building a new Lokomotiv squad. He says that will free up between 40 and 45 players from which Lokomotiv can pick.

The KHL said on its website that league matches planned for the weekend have been postponed and that games will resume Tuesday.


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