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Friday, September 9, 2011
Ruslan Salei's wife releases statement

By ESPN.com

Ruslan Salei

The Anaheim Ducks released a statement from Bethann Salei, the wife of Ruslan Salei, on Friday. Ruslan was one of 43 people killed in Wednesday's plane crash involving the KHL's Lokomotiv Yaroslavl team:

"On behalf of the Salei family, I want to express my sincere thanks to the entire hockey community, including all of Ruslan's friends and fans, for the overwhelming love and support. While this is an extremely difficult time for us, the outpouring of affection our family has received has been comforting. As much as Ruslan enjoyed playing hockey, he loved the camaraderie he had with his teammates, the team staffs, and the fans that much more.

"Ruslan was the love of my life, and I'm extremely grateful to have our three beautiful children. He treasured his family life with us, and we miss him dearly."