Though many television shows internationally feature psychics and mediums, it’s uncommon to come across one that mixes psychics and hockey. Until now that is. Russia’s version of an American psychic show called America’s Psychic Challenge (now canceled), will be featuring a famous hockey family.
The episode, filmed on October 13th, 2013, has Ruslan Salei’s family. For those of you not familiar with this name, Salei used to be a defenseman for the Anaheim Ducks, the Detroit Red Wings, and the Russian team Lokomotiv Yaroslavl.
He was on board the flight from Yaroslavl to Minsk, along with the rest of the KHL Lokomotiv team. The flight was about two years ago and it crashed and killed everyone. On the show, Salei’s family attempted to contact his spirit.
Salei’s mother, Tamara, told the Russian newspaper Komsomolskaya Pravda that Salei’s niece wrote a letter to the television show in hopes of contacting her uncle.
“‘Who’ and ‘why’ were not really important to us. We wanted, if at all possible, to talk to Ruslan’s soul, to find out how he is,” Tamara says. “And one of the mediums got in touch with Ruslan’s ghost. He was right behind our backs. Son asked us to wish his niece a happy birthday from last summer.
The Medium Was Spot-On
We were surprised: How could the medium find out about that? Then our son’s ghost sighed and said with sorrow, ‘I would really want to light up a cigar right now!’ At that point, we couldn’t even breathe: Ruslan actually really loved good cigars!
“The medium also said that Ruslan had a chance to survive. Not everything was predetermined. I remembered that my son didn’t want to fly to Minsk before that game but planned to drive his car. He then changed his mind and decided not to separate from the team.
Back then, Vadim, my second son, tried to convince him, ‘Don’t fly. If you don’t want to drive, that’s OK. I am ready to come and get you from Minsk….”
Many Russian hockey fans questioned Salei’s family’s decision to work with a psychic to try to contact him. Some even called it unethical, but Tamara replied with, “What’s unethical in it? It’s our right to find out why my son died. What’s so bad about it? It’s not like we are asking for a further investigation.”
The psychic’s report states that the medium made contact with Salei and one of the pilots in the plane that day. They said the pilot told them that the tragic crash happened due to technical problems and that there was nothing they could do.
However, investigators looking into the cause of the wreck determined that crew errors were responsible for the tragic accident.