Originally posted on Fox Sports Detroit  |  Last updated 3/1/12
DETROIT -- There were more than a few heavy hearts at Thursdays Red Wings practice. A 5-year-old boy, Herman Liv, came to visit the Wings. Herman is the son of Anna and Stefan Liv, a former Red Wings goaltending prospect who died last September in an airplane crashed in Russia. He was just 30. Former Wings Brad McCrimmon and Ruslan Salei also died in the crash that wiped out the entire Lokomotiv Yaroslavl team of the Kontinental Hockey League. Herman, his 3-year-old brother, Harry, and their mother have been in Detroit for about a month, staying with Wings defenseman Jonathon Ericsson, who says the Livs are family. Its nice for them to get away to get off the focus of home," said Ericsson, who is recovering from a broken right wrist. "Its been a lot for them, so its nice for them to think about something else for a while. "The kids are fine. Theyre too young, I think, but Anna has her up-and-down days. Ericsson became close to Herman Liv when they were teammates in Grand Rapids. They stayed in contact and spent time together during the summer. Ericssons girlfriend and Anna Liv also have formed a tight bond. This one (Herman) looks exactly like his dad, and the other one (Harry) looks exactly like his mom -- blond hair and blue eyes, Ericsson said. Another Wings player that that knew Herman Liv well is defenseman Niklas Kronwall. The two played on several national teams back in Sweden. The way the kids are reminds you non-stop of Stefan, said Kronwall. "Two great kids, a beautiful wife, very down to earth, just great people. Kronwall said that Liv was one of those guys you always wanted to be around and hang out with. He always made you smile. He was always in a good mood. Its tough looking back, especially when you see them (Livs wife and children).
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