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September 7, 2011

Former Bruin McCrimmon dies in plane crash in Russia

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Lokomotiv was a three-time Russian League champion in 1997, 2002 and 2003. It took bronze last season.

President Dmitry Medvedev has announced plans to take aging Soviet-built planes out of service starting next year. The short- and medium-range Yak-42 has been in service since 1980 and dozens are still in service with Russian and other airlines.

In June, another Russian passenger jet crashed in the northwestern city of Petrozavodsk, killing 47 people. The crash of that Tu-134 plane has been blamed on pilot error.

Associated Press contributed to this report.

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