The official roster of Lokomotiv Yaroslavl, the Kontinental Hockey League team that was tragically decimated today in a Russian plane crash, lists no former Buffalo Sabres players or draft picks.
Lokomotiv had several former NHL players on the roster, including coach Brad McCrimmon and forward Pavol Demitra.
"At first we didn't want to believe it, but right now there is no hope," a Lokomotiv official said according to a Russian report. "The team is gone."
KHL President Alexander Medvedev vowed to support the club, which is a three-time champion.
"We will do all that we can to ensure that top level hockey continues in Yaroslavl and that Lokomotiv remains one of the strongest clubs in the Kontinental Hockey League," he said.