Monday, October 13, 2008

19 year old New York Ranger's prospect Alexei Cherepanov died on the bench during the 3rd period of a KHL game.

[ TSN ] is reporting that Cherepanov collapsed on the bench.
There's some word out of Russia that he may collided with Jaromir Jagr during a linechange. [ ]

[ ESPN ] had included word of the collision in their article, but it has since been revised and removed.

There is some question as to whether or not there was a working defibrillator at the arena,
and the ambulance that is mandatory at all games apparently left early as the game neared it's end.

Those familiar to international hockey need no introduction to Cherepanov.
He was clearly one, if not the most talented hockey player not in the NHL.

Others might remember him from the 2007 NHL Entry Draft know. He was projected as a top 5 pick, but continued to drop and drop until the Rangers selected him 17th overall.

Rangers fans had hoped Cherepanov would elect to transfer to the NHL for this season,
but he wanted to take another year to develope and was looking forward to playing with newly acquired Jagr.

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Shocking video of his last minutes.
This is extremely tough to watch, but it begs the question on safety issues within the arena.

Why was there no stretcher?

[Thanks to Robert S]


blufftalk said...

  That's absolutely horrible news.

mmmk1989 said...

really puts your whole life into perspective.

RIP Cherepanov.

prayers going out to all who knew you.

inadequate defibrillators is unacceptable. didnt they see that those saved that guy from detroit? (i momentarily forget his name)

i feel bad for jagr too.

debrisslide said...

Rest in peace, kid. The fact that I am now the same age as many young hockey players makes it so close to home, yet so hard to grasp.

fleuryous said...

That just seems too...weird.

No functional AEDs and the ambulance JUST left?

Man oh man, imagine if he had come to the NHL...

I hope they have a service for him.

christina said...

Simply terrible. I hope the KHL sharpens up their emergency procedures after this. It's just too bad a death had to result for these inadequacies to be brought to light.

RIP, Alexei.

LeGame58 said...

Really sad news...I think we all can agree that nobody wants to see this happen on any team in any league. I read Jagr had taken this kid under his wing too, gotta feel bad for the guy. Thoughts and prayers go out to his family and everyone on his team.

Mike said...

wow, that's a shame.

The Big K said...


All three were too young, too innocent, and too good to die that suddenly. They're only a few years older than me for crying out loud!

And now we hear that there were faulty defibrillators? Great work, KHL! Thank you for protecting your players.

I'm sorry for Rangers fans, because this kid was an outstanding player and person. He'd have been a fixture with the Rags in a few years.

Obviously, I'm very sorry for the Cherepanov family and all of Alexei's friends.

But most of all, I'm sorry for JJ.

While he gets a bad rap here by some of the obnoxious bandwagoners, he is a class act, and I'd be willing to bet he was out there on the ice helping the doctors try to revive him in anyway they could.

R.I.P. Alexei.

RedFox said...

No AEDs, Amublance left... Welcome to "pro" hockey in Russia.

Anna. said...

Rest In Peace.

Adrienne said...

It's heartbreaking to watch someone so young with such potential for the future to collapse like that.

It's absolute shit to watch the lack of aid from the league. How could they not have any sort of medical assistance on hand?



Eric P. said...


spanky kane said...

so sad. what a terrible loss.

i doubt a collision or elbow was responsible. you could see Jagr upset in the video.

Jonny Van Mundegaarde said...

If what they were saying about a heart attack is true, he was probably gone before a stretcher would have been of use. Even worse is the fact that portable defibrillators are relatively inexpensive, it's a crime that one wasn't available at the arena.

And I know it happened pretty fast, but could they not have cut the music playing? A kid is fighting for his life and "Welcome to the Jungle" is playing on the soundsystem. Sheesh...

Pyle said...

I find it even more sad to think what would have been if he had not been in the KHL

justincredibleh said...

That's extremely sad. RIP.

Nick said...

That video of his last minutes, that is Jagr standing above him.
That is video of his last shift.

The Goon Blogger said...

Sobering news. This is just a kid, absolutely horrible.


Vladislav Tretiak, as the leader of the new KHL should clean house after this. Seriously, what an atrocity it is to not have BASIC medical needs at a game as violent as hockey.

J.S. said...

I'm still having a hard time watching it. I've started it twice and stopped.

mmmk1989, the Red Wings defenseman you're thinking of is Jiri Fischer. ESPN has a lengthy write-up about the incident and an interview with him. If I get a minute and if ESPN doesn't try to make me an "insider", I'll see if I can find the article.

fleuryous said...

That is such a sad video.

Ugh, speechless.

The Goon Blogger said...

I want to also go out and say Cherepanov's blood is on the hands of the decision makers of the KHL.

It is their fault, plain and simple, that this..basically BOY didn't get the help he should have gotten. No working AED? Ambulance leaves early? Not stretcher? Scum, the lot of 'em. This kid is dead because of stupidity and terrible planning.

It has to be a terrible experience for Jagr. I can't bring myself to watch the video, but from the frozen screen shot it looks like Jagr is standing right by him, absolutly stunned.

BlacknGold66 said...

That is terrible.

My thoughts and prayers go out to everyone associated with him.

I feel terrible and I had no clue prior to this who he was.

Poor Jagr. Ugh.... fuck.

I'm sick to my stomach.

Flyer Hater said...

That's supposed to be a professional hockey arena? It looks like the freaking Ice Castle.

jimmypop6996 said...

This death is more reminiscent of former WBS Penguins Darcy Robinson's than Rinaud or Bourdon.

Wow, absolutely heartbreaking.

xocharmedchildox said...

My dearest prayers and condolences go out to his family and friends.

I couldnt bring myself to watch that whole video. I lost it the moment I saw them carrying his body away. It also is hard for me to grasp that he is so close to my age.

RIP, Alexei

Nick said...

This is just a thought. Maybe the Rangers and Jagr had an agreement. Maybe they agreed that Jagr should go back to Russia and mentior there late top prospect. Doesn't have a point, just saying Cherepanov could have been a big reason Jagr went to Russia, for the good on the future Rangers.

debrisslide said...

On a lighter note, the Flyers are on a 5-game losing streak stretching back into the preseason and the Rangers are still first in the division. I bet Alexei was excited to see the team that drafted him do so well.

Stoosh said...

During the lockout, I remember reading an article that either ESPN The Magazine or Sports Illustrated did on Ak-Bars Kazan, which was the Russian club team that Kovalchuk, Lecavalier, Kasparaitis, Nik Antropov and yes, even our own Aleksey Morozov played while the NHL was on hiatus (Heatley and Brad Richards played there as well, but Heatley only played 11 games and Richards seven).

I can recall that article describing some relatively deplorable conditions at some of those arenas involving bad plumbing, toilets not working at the arenas or something like that...I forget all the details, but it was pretty appalling.

meecrofilm said...

Terrible. Just terrible.

Dr. Turkleton said...

RIP: Alexi Cherepanov [1989-2008]


from the most recent Hockey News, previewing the KHL:

The salary cap for each team in the league is 620 million rubles [about $25.4 million] and 10 to 12 clubs are expected to reach the manimum.
Twenty of the Russian clubs [of the 24 team league] have relatively new arenas with seating capacities ranging from 7,000 to 14,000

J.S. said...

I forgot about Mickey Renaud until big k mentioned him.

I was gonna make mention that this isn't the first incident that happened in Russia, but I think Sergei Zholtok was playing in a different league.

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Rage said...

You know, I ain't trying to be a callous asshole n'at, but I gotta say...yeah, too bad he was so young, but there are tons of 19 year olds and younger dying every day. American 19 year olds, who aren't getting rich, and who aren't doing what they love most of all when they die, hell most aren't even close to the ones they love so in my book, this kid did okay. Regardless of conditions at the arena, or whether or not they had a working defibrillator, etc. None of that matters, because obviously, it was his time. He died doing what he truly loved to do. How many of the rest of us will get that lucky? I daresay not many. I say again, I'm not trying to be either insensitive or callous, but I say good on the kid that he had a great life and he's pretty damned lucky, all things considered.

Dylan said...


Brando said...

9 years ago this week I watched my roommate die out of the blue one night because of a heart condition at 19. You can be perfectly fine one minute and dead the next. The only thing that would have saved his life was a defib in the first few minutes. Thats what I was told when my deal happened. We did CPR the minute I found him and it didn't do anything.

Annie said...

Ugh, fuck. This is so horrible. I didn't realize he was the same age as my little sister. I hate when things like this happen, especially to people who are so young, who have so much ahead of them.

My thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends, and teammates.

Anna. said...

I'm kinda disgusted that that video is on youtube..

Just like I am disgusted that Luc's funeral is one youtube.

My prayers are with his family and friends

coffeytalk said...

yeesh. that really was hard to watch. terrible terrible news....

eileenover said...

RIP Alexei

dying alive said...

That is so sad. ANY 19 year old dropping dead is sad, regardless of what they were doing at the time.

Also, it's extremely inappropriate and disrespectful that they didn't cut the music. They had to know that something was seriously wrong at that point.

musikchik2007 said...

This puts life into perspective. I'm also a nineteen year old, and it seems like it's an epidemic. Several people I graduated high school with recently passed away for various reasons. Renaud and Bourdon both died extremely young last year too. Its just a shame that the KHL is lame and couldn't have done more to help him. Hopefully, this will serve as a tough lesson.
Hopefully, they'll cut the music next time, too. Jeez KHL.

Thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends. They'll need as much support as they can get.

stokes said...

That is unbelievable. That video is a minute and a half. Who knows how long it took for the videographer to start shooting video. It took them a minute and a half to get him to some sort of help. In that situation every second counts and they failed. Absolutely horrendous.

Johnny V: I shared the same thoughts about the music not being cut.

This situation is disgusting. Along the lines of FH's comment, i'd be willing to bet you'd get better medical service at a beer league roller hockey game at RMU or a high school game at ANY rink in the PGH area.

He may not have been revivable, but for him to not even get that chance. There's no excuse for that.

fraer40 said...

A horrible tragedy in the hockey world. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family.

I don't know if there is any truth to this but i heard somewhere that he was revived in the locker room for a short time?

If that's true than the fact that the ambulance left early is even worse. If he was revived for a short time in the locker room than trained professionals could have probably saved that poor kid's life.

I hope more accurate information is given soon so we can better understand what went wrong and hopefully help prevent it from happening again.

Craig Walkup said...

Horrible.... Absolutely horrible....

My condolences with Cherepanov's family, the Rangers family, and everyone else involved.

Hopefully this will raise safety awareness in Russia.

Kierstan said...

I found this story on this morning referencing the situation, and it makes me feel even more sick about the whole thing. I don't know how to link, but here's the URL:

In a nutshell, besides what had already been released, a Russian legislator is stating that Cherepanov had a known medical condition in which not enough blood gets to a person's internal organs. Taking that, along with the lack of ambulance, no defibrillator, and the generally cavalier attitude I saw from paramedics in that video...poor kid didn't have a chance.

RIP, Cherepanov. Let's hope his death spurs some changes over there so this doesn't happen again.

Lady Jaye said...

It sad when any young person dies no matter the circumstances. Things like this always leave you wondering what if. His family is in my thoughts and prayers in what is going to probably be the most difficult time in their lives.

Honestly, it does bother me that this is on youtube. I just think it's disturbing, but from my own personal experience watching one person die before my eyes is plenty enough... My heart really goes out to that team. It's going to always stay with them.

Melinda said...

There is a lot of "speculation" surrounding this kids death. It breaks my heart. He was a talented hockey player with a career ahead of him. How does something like this happen? Don't people know it's dangerous to carry an injured person like that without a stretcher? Who let the damn ambulance leave early? Its a shame, and my heart, thoughts, and prayers have been with this man's family and his teammates. There is talk that he collided with Jagr. I also heard on the radio that Double J was Cherepanov's mentor. I can't imagine what's going through his head. It moves me, and angers me at the same time. How does this stuff happen? Don't they have regular physicals and such? Sorry for my rant. This drives me insane. Russia is not undeveloped. They can afford to keep an ambulance at their arena, and safety/first aid equipment behind the benches.

Rest In Peace Kid. You'll be a legend in your own right. Its terribly unfortunate that we won't see how great you were in the NHL.

Melinda said...

Also, just a sad note. It is sad when any child, any young person, or any person dies for that matter. I just feel that more could have been done, regardless what russian legislation says.


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