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Two Former Blackhawks Killed in Russian Plane Crash

By Samantha Abernethy in News on Sep 7, 2011 9:00PM

Two former Blackhawks were killed in the plane crash that killed 43 people in Russia today and wiped out most of a Russian hockey team. Former Blackhawks' defenseman Alexander Karpovtsev and center Igor Korolev, both 41, were assistant coaches for the Russian Lokomotiv Yaroslavl team. Three other former NHL players were killed in the crash.

Karpovstev played for the Blackhawks from 2000-2004, and he was one of the team's highest-paid players when he was traded to the New York Islanders. Korolev was on the team at the same time, playing all of the 2000-2001 season and parts of the 2001-2003 seasons.