The crash killed at least 43 people on board leaving two others critically injured, out of which 27 were players of the Lokomotiv Yaroslavl team, along with 7 club officials and 2 coaches.
"I'm in shock!!!!!R.I.P ..." read a tweet from Alex Ovechkin, Russian NHL star.
According to officials, Alexander Galimov, Russian player and a crew member survived the crash.
"We were shocked by the news of their death," said Tomas Kral, Czech ice-hockey association chief.
"They were not only excellent players, but also fantastic friends and people. This is how they will be remembered," he added.