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Lokomotiv Yaroslavl plane crash survivor Alexander Galimov dies in Moscow hospital

The Vishnevsky Institute of Surgery announced that Alexander Galimov died at a Moscow hospital on Monday, Sept. 12. The International Ice Hockey Federation confirmed the sad news as many in the hockey world hoped that he might beat the odds and survive that terrible event. He was 26 years old.

Galimov was one of two initial survivors of the horrific plane crash that decimated the KHL team Lokomotiv Yaroslavl on September 7. Galimov had been the only player who survived the crash, with Alexander Sizov being the one crew member who is still alive. Sizov is currently listed in “serious but stable” condition.

Galimov suffered burns to at least 80 percent of his body from the crash. Galimov and Sizov were transported to a Moscow hospital on September 8, where Galimov entered a medically-induced coma. It was revealed that Galimov died during surgery early on Monday. The total number of deaths related to that tragedy is now at 44 people.

“On September 12, in the morning, despite continuting therapy using all possible contemporary treatment, Alexander Galimov died from severe burns in the burn center of the Vishnevsky Institute of Surgery,” the statement said.

Galimov’s hockey career at a glance

Galimov played parts of seven seasons for Lokomotiv Yaroslavl, including seasons before they joined the KHL. Galimov played 341 games overall for the team, scoring 126 points and compiling 280 penalty minutes.

During the last two seasons, Galimov’s playoff performances were significantly better than his regular season outputs. He scored 25 points in 52 regular season games in 2009-10, yet he scored 14 points in 16 playoff games. He maintained a similar pattern last season, scoring 31 points in 53 regular season games before scoring 14 points in 18 postseason contests. Galimov won a silver medal with Russian’s under-20 team at the 2005 World Junior Hockey Championships.


Cam Charron points out a heartbreaking fact: Galimov scored Lokomotiv’s last goal. The hockey world was holding out hope that he would find a way to pull through that tragedy, but now our hearts go out to his family and friends.

Jason Demers tweets #FreeTorres, gets mocked

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Following his stunning 41-game suspension, it looks like Raffi Torres has at least one former teammate in his corner.

We haven’t yet seen how the San Jose Sharks or the NHLPA are reacting to the league’s hammer-dropping decision to punish Torres for his Torres-like hit on Jakob Silfverberg, but Jason Demers decided to put in a good word for Torres tonight.

It was a simple message: “#FreeTorres.”

Demers, now of the Dallas Stars, was once with Torres and the Sharks. (In case this post’s main image didn’t make that clear enough already.)

Perhaps this will become “a thing” at some point.

So far, it seems like it’s instead “a thing (that people are making fun of).”

… You get the idea.

The bottom line is that there are some who either a) blindly support Torres because they’re Sharks fans or b) simply think that the punishment was excessive.

The most important statement came from the Department of Player Safety, though.

Bruins list Chara on IR, for now

Zdeno Chara

Those who feel as though the Boston Bruins may rebound – John Tortorella, maybe? – likely rest some of their optimism on the back of a healthy Zdeno Chara.

It’s possible that he’s merely limping into what may otherwise be a healthy 2015-16 season, but it’s definitely looking like a slow start thanks to a lower-body injury.

The latest sign of a bumpy beginning came on Monday, as several onlookers (including’s Joe Haggerty) pointed out that Chara was listed on injured reserve.

As Haggerty notes, that move is retroactive to Sept. 24, so his status really just opens up options for the Bruins.

Still … it’s a little unsettling, isn’t it?

The Bruins likely realize that they need to transition away from their generational behemoth, but last season provided a stark suggestion that may not be ready yet. Trading Dougie Hamilton and losing Dennis Seidenberg to injury only make them more dependent on the towering 38-year-old.

This isn’t really something to panic about, yet it might leave a few extra seats open on the Bruins’ bandwagon.