Mikhail Balandin

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Mikhail Balandin
Born (1980-07-27)July 27, 1980
Lipetsk, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Died September 7, 2011(2011-09-07) (aged 31)
Yaroslavl, Russia
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 212 lb (96 kg; 15 st 2 lb)
Position Defence
Shot Left
Played for Lokomotiv Yaroslavl (RSL)/(KHL)
Salavat Yulaev Ufa (RSL)
HC Lada Togliatti (RSL)
HC CSKA Moscow (RSL)
Mytishchi Khimik (RSL)
Mytishchi Atlant (KHL)
UHC Dynamo (KHL)
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 1998–2011
Mikhail Balandin
Medal record
Competitor for  Russia
Ice hockey
World Junior Championships
Silver 2000 Sweden

Mikhail Yuriyevich Balandin (Russian: Михаил Юрьевич Баландин) (July 27, 1980 – September 7, 2011) was a Russian professional ice hockey player. Balandin played for Lokomotiv Yaroslavl of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) at the time of his death. Balandin had also played for Salavat Yulaev Ufa, HC Lada Togliatti, HC CSKA Moscow, Mytishchi Khimik,[1] Mytishchi Atlant and UHC Dynamo[2] in Russia. Balandin won a silver medal with the Russian team at the 2000 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships.[3]

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On September 7, 2011, Balandin was killed, when a Yakovlev Yak-42 passenger aircraft, carrying nearly his entire Lokomotiv team, crashed just outside Yaroslavl, Russia. The team was traveling to Minsk to play their opening game of the season, with its coaching staff and prospects. Lokomotiv officials said "'everyone from the main roster was on the plane plus four players from the youth team.'"[4][5][6]

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