Sens coach mourns friend's death

Bruce Garrioch, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:35 PM ET

OSHAWA — The loss hit home for Paul MacLean.

For three years in Detroit, MacLean worked beside Lokomotiv Yaroslavl coach Brad McCrimmon as assistants to Mike Babcock. Last spring, MacLean and McCrimmon both went their separate ways to take shots at being a head coach.

The news of a plane crash, which killed 43 members of the Lokomotiv team, shook up MacLean, who also worked with former Detroit defenceman Ruslan Salei.

“It’s a tragedy for all the families, but it’s home with me with Brad McCrimmon and Ruslan Salei,” said MacLean. “They both had young families, so it’s a tragedy for them. As far as (McCrimmon) goes, the game just lost a true character and a great storyteller. The league needs guys like that.

“For three years, we had a lot of fun and a lot of laughs. He was such a good person. I really feel for his (wife and two children). It’s been a tough time for them.”


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