When Patrik Elias heard the news about the devastating plane crash in Russia today that killed 43 people, including young prospect Alexander Vasyunov and former Devils defenseman Karel Rachunek, he felt a chill.

During the NHL lockout in 2004-05, Elias played hockey in Russia and flew in planes similar to the one that crashed carrying the KHL Lokomotiv Yaroslavl hockey team.

"I was in Russia six years ago flying on those planes. This really got to me and my family," Elias told The Star-Ledger from his home in the Czech Republic.

"I think it will become an issue there. At least get them checked. We flew a propeller plane when I was in Russia. You could see it was an old plane."