4
| News |

Karlis Skrastins, Ruslan Salei, ex-Colorado Avs players, killed in Russian plane crash (VIDEOS)

^
Keep Westword Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Denver and help keep the future of Westword free.

Today, a jet crash in Russia claimed at least 43 lives, including two former (and well-remembered) Colorado Avalanche players, Karlis Skrastins and Ruslan Salei. Skrastins was known as the "Iron Man" for playing 487 consecutive games between 2003 and 2008, while Salei skated for the Avs from 2007 to 2010, providing veteran leadership and toughness to a squad that desperately needed it.

Look below to see five videos about the pair -- two focusing on Skrastins, including one that plays tribute to his consecutive game streak, a pair of clips featuring Salei brawling and scoring, and a salute to the pair complete with footage from the crash. Only a small portion of the last video is in English, but the images will speak volumes, especially to Avalanche fans.

More from our Sports archive: "Colorado Avalanche superhero: Check out Avs entry in Stan Lee's Guardian Project (VIDEO)."

Keep Westword Free... Since we started Westword, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Denver, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Denver with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.

 

Join the Westword community and help support independent local journalism in Denver.

 

Join the Westword community and help support independent local journalism in Denver.