|Nickname(s)||Rusty Hard One |
| 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
212 lb (96 kg)
|Teams|| HC Dinamo Minsk (REL)|
Tivali Minsk (REL)
Las Vegas Thunder (IHL)
Baltimore Bandits (AHL)
Mighty Ducks of Anaheim
Cincinnati Mighty Ducks (AHL)
Ak Bars Kazan (RSL)
Detroit Red Wings
Lokomotiv Yaroslavl (KHL)
|Born|| November 2, 1974,|
Minsk, Belarusian SSR, Soviet Union
|Died|| September 07 2011 (aged 36),|
near Yaroslavl, Russia
|NHL Draft|| 9th overall, 1996|
Mighty Ducks of Anaheim
|Pro Career||1992 – 2011|
Ruslan Albertovich "Rusty" Salei (Belarusian: Руслан Салей; November 2, 1974 – September 7, 2011) was a Belarusian professional ice hockey player. Salei played 14 seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL) for the Detroit Red Wings, Colorado Avalanche, Florida Panthers and the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, who selected him ninth overall in the 1996 NHL Entry Draft. At the time of his death, he was with Lokomotiv Yaroslavl of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL).
Salei died on September 7, 2011, when a Yakovlev Yak-42 passenger aircraft, carrying the entire Lokomotiv team crashed near Yaroslavl on its way to Minsk, Belarus, to start the 2011–12 KHL season.
Salei was selected by the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim ninth overall at the 1996 NHL Entry Draft. In 1992, prior to being selected for the Ducks, Salei played in his native Belarus for Dinamo Minsk in the Russian Elite League. After the 1994–95 season, the Russian Elite League re-aligned, pushing Tivali Minsk to the side. Salei then came to North America, being signed by General Manager Bob Sturmm of the Las Vegas Thunder without Sturmm knowing of his capabilities.
During a successful spell with the Thunder, Salei was drafted by the Ducks and soon signed a three-year deal worth $2.25 million.Baltimore Bandits, and the Cincinnati Mighty Ducks of the American Hockey League (AHL) before becoming a full squad member of the Ducks by the end of the 1997–98 season.Salei split time between the Ducks,
In October 1999, Salei was suspended by the NHL for ten games after he checked Dallas Stars center Mike Modano face first into the boards from behind. Modano suffered a slight concussion, strained ligaments in his neck, and a broken nose. Salei played all 21 playoff games in the 2002–03 NHL season, which saw the Ducks go all the way to the Stanley Cup finals, only to lose in seven games to the New Jersey Devils.
During the 2004–05 NHL lockout, Salei played in the Russian Superleague (RSL) for AK Bars Kazan. He returned to the Ducks upon resumption of the NHL the following season and played with the Ducks until the end of the 2005–06 season, playing 594 regular season games in his career for Anaheim, the franchise record for a defenseman.
On July 2, 2006, Salei signed with the Florida Panthers on a four-year contract, worth $12 million. Salei quickly settled with the Panthers with his most productive season in 2006–07, where he totaled 32 points, scoring six goals and 26 assists in 82 regular season games. He continued his new-found offensive production in 2007–08 and as the Panthers fell out of playoff contention, Salei was traded at the NHL trade deadline to the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for Kārlis Skrastiņš and a third round draft pick on February 26, 2008.
As a veteran and in his first full season with the Avalanche in 2008–09, Salei finished second among defenseman with 21 points in 70 games. He appeared in his 800th career NHL game against the St. Louis Blues on January 15, 2009 and surpassed 1,000 career penalty minutes against the Minnesota Wild on March 12, 2009. Ruslan suffered a back injury to start the 2009–10 season subsequently missed 56 games. He was able to recover in time to lead Belarus in the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics, but was relegated as a reserve defender upon his return to the Avalanche, playing in a career low 14 games.
On August 9, 2010, the Detroit Red Wings announced Salei signed as a free agent to a one-year contract with the club worth $750,000, with an additional $350,000 in performance bonuses. According to General Manager Ken Holland, Salei's positive experiences under current Red Wings coach Mike Babcock in Anaheim contributed to his decision.
The 2011 Lokomotiv Yaroslavl plane crash occurred on September 7, 2011, at 4:02 PM local time, when a Yakovlev Yak-42 passenger aircraft, carrying nearly the entire hockey team of Lokomotiv Yaroslavl of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) crashed near Yaroslavl, Russia on its way to Minsk, Belarus, to start the 2011-12 KHL season.
The majority of the club's roster were killed in the plane crash. The airplane caught fire and crashed shortly after take-off, merely 4 kilometers from the Tunoshna Airport. Preliminary reports say that 44 of the 45 passengers and crew on board had been killed, including the entire roster and 4 youth players, and that the remaining one (Alexander Galimov) was in critical condition and later died. 
- Belarus player of the year (2003, 2004)
Regular season and playoffsEdit
|1995–96||Las Vegas Thunder||IHL||76||7||23||30||123||15||3||7||10||18|
|1996–97||Las Vegas Thunder||IHL||8||0||2||2||24||3||2||1||3||6|
|1996–97||Mighty Ducks of Anaheim||NHL||30||0||1||1||37||—||—||—||—||—|
|1997–98||Cincinnati Mighty Ducks||AHL||6||3||6||9||14||—||—||—||—||—|
|1997–98||Mighty Ducks of Anaheim||NHL||66||5||10||15||70||—||—||—||—||—|
|1998–99||Mighty Ducks of Anaheim||NHL||74||2||14||16||65||3||0||0||0||4|
|1999–00||Mighty Ducks of Anaheim||NHL||71||5||5||10||94||—||—||—||—||—|
|2000–01||Mighty Ducks of Anaheim||NHL||50||1||5||6||70||—||—||—||—||—|
|2001–02||Mighty Ducks of Anaheim||NHL||82||4||7||11||97||—||—||—||—||—|
|2002–03||Mighty Ducks of Anaheim||NHL||61||4||8||12||78||21||2||3||5||26|
|2003–04||Mighty Ducks of Anaheim||NHL||82||4||11||15||110||—||—||—||—||—|
|2004–05||Ak Bars Kazan||RSL||35||8||11||19||36||3||0||0||0||2|
|2005–06||Mighty Ducks of Anaheim||NHL||78||1||18||19||114||16||3||2||5||18|
|2010–11||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||75||2||8||10||48||11||1||0||1||0|
|Senior int'l totals||69||13||18||31||109|
- ↑ National Hockey League Players' Association
- ↑ http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=587792
- ↑ Plane crashin Russia involves KHL team
- ↑ Ruslan Salei from Minsk to Miami. hockeyadventure.com (2007-08-12). Retrieved on 2008-10-19.
- ↑ Adrian Dater. "Avs' Salei gets American initiation in Sin City", Denver Post, 2009-02-02. Retrieved on 2010-06-09.
- ↑ "Salei suspended 10 games for hit on Mike Modano", sportsillustrated.cnn.com, 1999-10-07. Retrieved on 2008-10-19.
- ↑ Panthers ink D Ruslan Salei. panthers.nhl.com (2006-07-02). Retrieved on 2009-02-04.
- ↑ "Avalanche acquire Ruslan Salei", cbc.ca, 2008-02-26. Retrieved on 2008-10-19. Archived from the original on 2012-01-19.
- ↑ Janssen leads Blues past Avalanche. CBS Sports (2009-01-15). Retrieved on 2010-06-08.
- ↑ Avalanche 2, Minnesota 1 SO. NHL (2009-03-12). Retrieved on 2010-06-09.
- ↑ Dater, Adrian. "Salei OK to play, but when?", Denver Post, 2010-02-10. Retrieved on 2010-06-09.
- ↑ Belarus names Olympic Roster. NBC Sports (2009-12-23). Retrieved on 2010-06-09.
- ↑ Wings sign defenseman Salei for 1-year. Detroit Red Wings (2010-08-09). Retrieved on 2010-08-09.
- ↑ http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=587792
- ↑ Plane crash in Russia involves KHL team
- ↑ Top KHL squad killed in passenger plane crash in Russia — RT
- Ruslan Salei - player profile and career stats at European Hockey.Net
- Ruslan Salei's career stats at The Internet Hockey Database
- Ruslan Salei at TSN.ca
- Ruslan Salei's biography at Legends of Hockey
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