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Brad McCrimmon remembered fondly

Brad McCrimmon, who was the Bruins’ first-round draft pick in 1979 and played for the team until 1982, was killed today in the plane crash that nearly wiped out the KHL’s Lokomotiv Yaroslavl team.

Forty-three people — of 45 on board — were killed when the team’s charter flight to Minsk crashed on takeoff in Russia.

McCrimmon was the team’s coach. A defenseman during his playing days, he scored 17 goals during three seasons with Boston.

He’s being remembered fondly by peers and friends tonight:

Fellow coach Ken Hitchcock told the Washington Times that McCrimmon “sacrificed” a lot in going to Russia. McCrimmon’s ultimate goal, Hitchcock said, was to parlay experience with Lokomotiv into a head coaching job in the NHL.

Former Calgary Flames teammate Perry Berazan told TSN that McCrimmon influenced “thousands” of people “in a positive way.”

Globe and Mail reporter Eric Duhatschek took to his blog to call McCrimmon “one of most interesting characters I’d ever run across in 30-plus years
of covering hockey, as close to a friend as you can have without
stepping over that boundary that divides the press from the management
team.”

The CBC reported on mourning for McCrimmon in his hometown of Plenty, Sask.

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