The Siberian Express Derailed

October 14, 2008

New York Rangers top prospect, Alexei Cherepanov died suddenly yesterday at the age of 19.  

Cherepanov died after suffering a heart attack and collapsing on the bench during Avangard Omsk’s Continental Hockey League game against Vityav Chekhov.

It has been reported that Cherepanov suffered from from chronic ischemia, a medical condition in which not enough blood gets to the heart and other organs.

Investigators are fully looking into the case today and should have finer details as to why there was medical negligence on the part of the league and paramedic staff.

The Rangers observed a moment of silence in his honor prior to Monday’s 4-1 victory over the New Jersey Devils.

The 17th overall selection in the 2007 draft, Cherepanov had been playing with Avangard Omsk of Russia’s Continental Hockey League. He had seven goals and five assists in 12 games for Avangard this season.