Emery gives another perspective on Russian aircraft

It’s pretty common knowledge that air travel and aviation standards are a bit of a joke in Russia, and a couple interviews with former Ottawa Senators yesterday supported that view.

Emery gives another perspective on Russian aircraft
Kyle Turris #7 of the Ottawa Senators scores during the shootout against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the game at Consol Energy Center on April 13, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Senators defeated the Penguins 3-2 in a shootout. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)


It’s pretty common knowledge that air travel and aviation standards are a bit of a joke in Russia, and a couple interviews with former Ottawa Senators yesterday supported that view.

On the Team 1200, Jason York talked about being offered a ton of money to go play in Russia and turned it down, citing safety concerns. And in the Citizen, defenceman Jamie Rivers described “white knuckle” experiences whenever he boarded the team plane.

But one former Senator thinks there’s a bit of stereotyping at play here. Ray Emery spoke to Sportsnet in the aftermath of the crash, saying he not only felt safe in the air, he would consider going back to the KHL again. Emery chose the upstart league to rehabilitate his image a few years ago after the Senators bought out his contract thanks to a string of controversial incidents. He played goal for Atlant Mytischi — based in a Moscow suburb — for one season.

Here’s what Emery had to say:

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