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European Updates #6

After a short break I’m back  with the European Updates. Today it’s gonna be about the Czech Extraliga and its playoffs and also about one famous Czechoslovak player who spent three season with Philadelphia. Do you remember who eliminated Kladno in the Ceska Pojistovna Playoff? HC Kometa Brno. They also beat the regular season winner Sparta Prague and lastly they ran over HC Plzen 1929 led by Martin Straka along with Jaroslav Modry and Frantisek Kaberle or Jakub Kovar’s brother Jan (who plays defense, too). Modry was only a rental who played 12 games in the regular season and he …

McCrimmon perishes in Russian plane crash

Former Philadelphia Flyers defenseman and long-time NHL blueliner Brad McCrimmon has died in a plane crash in Western Russia on Wednesday morning. The plane, carrying members of the Yaroslavl Lokomotiv club of the Kontinental Hockey League on its way for a game in Minsk, Belarus, crashed just after takeoff, killing all passengers. Only one crew member survived the ordeal, and a player who survived the crash reportedly later died of his wounds in hospital. McCrimmon had signed on as the club’s head coach in May following a successful three-year stint as an assistant with the Detroit Red Wings. “I’m personally …