Almost every NHL team was touched by the tragedy in Russia today and the Isles were no exception.
Two former players (Josef Vasicek and Alex Karpovtsev) were killed in the crash as was former Isles assistant Brad McCrimmon.
According to records maintained by the Society for International Hockey Research (SIHR), Vasicek and Karpovtsev are only the 4th and 5th deceased players in Isles history.
Prior to today, only three of the 462 players who had appeared in an NHL game for the Islanders were deceased (Bob Cook, Bryan Lefley and Brian Spencer) -- all were born in the 1940s and all played on the 1972-73 team.
RIP Josef Vasicek (1980-2011) and Alex Karpovtsev (1970-2011).
Forever1940 is the nom de plume of Eric Hornick, statistician on Islander home telecasts since 1982. Visit my blog: forever1940.blogspot.com and follow me on Twitter @ehornick