July 27, 1980|
Lipetsk, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
|Died||September 7, 2011
|Height||6 ft 2 in (188 cm)|
|Weight||212 lb (96 kg; 15 st 2 lb)|
|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)
|Competitor for Russia|
|World Junior Championships|
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, Mytishchi Atlant and UHC Dynamo in Russia. Balandin won a silver medal with the Russian team at the 2000 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships.
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.'"
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- Brad McCrimmon, Ruslan Salei among Lokomotiv Yaroslavl's former NHLers
- "First pictures from the crash of Yak-42 near Yaroslavl". Lifenews.ru. 2011-09-07. Retrieved 2011-09-07.
- "The list of Lokomotiv players who died". Lifenews.ru. 2011-09-07. Retrieved 2011-09-07.
- "Pavol Demitra among 43 killed in Russian plane crash". theglobeandmail.com. 2011-09-07. Retrieved 2011-09-07.
- Mikhail Balandin's career statistics at The Internet Hockey Database
- Mikhail Balandin's career statistics at EliteProspects.com
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