Alexei Cherepanov is dead at 19 (Updated below)


The Rangers have confirmed “an earlier report”: that Alexei Cherepanov, their first round draft pick from 2007, died in a game played this evening in Russia.

“We are extremely saddened by the tragic passing of Alexei,” Glen Sather said in a statement. “On behalf of the New York Rangers organization, I would like to extend our deepest sympathies to his family. Alexei was an intelligent, energetic young man, with tremendous talent and an extremely bright future.”

According to TSN, Cherepanov collapsed on the bench during the third period, but not as a result of a specific hit or play. The site quotes head coach Wayne Fleming as saying medical personnel tried to revive the player, but without success.

Cherepanov had seven goals and 12 points in 14 games this year for Omsk, where he was a teammate of Jaromir Jagr. The Russian wing was the 17th pick overall in the 2007 draft, although most scouting services had him rated much higher.

Although he had come to a Rangers prospect camp immediately following that draft, he never came back to New York. At the time the player expressed his desire to play in the NHL, but given the precarious relations between the NHL and the upstart Continental Hockey League, there were increasing questions about whether Cherepanov would ever play for the Rangers.

Still, this is a tragic blow — a devastating loss of an immense talent, and a player some saw as a significant part of the Rangers future.

Update, 4:22 p.m.: Spoke to Jay Grossman, Cherepanov’s agent.

“It’s completely shocking, completely devastating,” Grossman said. “This 19 year old kid who was a great kid, he had a great smile and was a tremendously talented kid. It’s a situation that you can’t even describe.”

According to Grossman, who spoke to people at the game, Cherepanov collapsed once on the ice, and collapsed again on the bench. I realize there have been reports that he collided with another play, but I haven’t been able to confirm that, and Grossman knew nothing about it.

Finally, I asked Grossman about whether Cherepanov had any history of heart problems.

“Not that we know of. He was here attending training camp two years ago there was no indication of this whatsoever.”

Update, 5:16 p.m.: Most players hadn’t heard of Cherepanov’s death before arriving at the rink.

“Some fan just told me outside,” Brandon Dubinksy said. “It’s terrible.”

Tom Renney hadn’t talked to Jaromir Jagr tonight, but he had spoken to the Rangers captain about Cherepanov in recent weeks.

“Jaromir thought he could play on our second line,” Renney said.

Still to come are quotes from Mike Pelino, who had visited Omsk and spent time with Cherepanov from Aug. 29-Sept. 4.

Update, 5:23 p.m.: Very few players on this team knew Cherepanov. One who at least played against him was Marc Staal, who faced Cherepanov in the World Junior Championship, and then took part in the same prospect camp with him in June, 2007.

“He was very highly touted going into the draft, and when the Rangers drafted him, I was very excited to get him because he was such a talent,” Staal said. “From what I had heard he was playing great and having a great year in Russia. So I’m sure he was going to be a big part of the organization’s future.”

Also, in another conversation with Grossman, the agent refuted reports that a collision with another player triggered Cherepanov’s collapse.

Update, 5:30 p.m.: By way of “the Slap Shot blog”:, the Russian daily Sport-Express reported Cherepanov’s collapse was not a result of a collision with another player or blows to the head or chest. The player was pronounced dead at 10:55 local time.

Update, 5:38 p.m.: Rangers assistant Mike Pelino had visited Omsk in late August in part to check up on Cherepanov, but also as a gesture of goodwill between the Rangers and the Russian team.

“When I went over I was really excited after I got to spend a little bit of time with him,” Pelino said. “First of all, he was very very engaging as a young man. He was very excited about the opportunity of when it was going to happen for him to get to New York. We went out to dinner, with him myself, Jaromir and a couple of the other guys on the team. He was just full of energy, full of enthusiasm, really excited… He said he was really looking forward to the day when he could come play for the New York Rangers.”

I asked Pelino if he got the impression Cherepanov could play for the Rangers as early as next season.

“I’d have to say if we were in a position to give him an opportunity and he was able to take advantage of it, he would have stuck with us,” Pelino said. “He looked good.”

Update, 7:39 p.m.: Rangers vice president of PR John Rosasco spoke to Jaromir Jagr, who told him that he and Alexei Cherepanov had just come down on a 2-on-1 together and skated back to the bench before Cherepanov collapsed. Contrary to earlier reports, Cherepanov never collapsed on the ice.

Also, Jagr said there was no issue with medical equipment, as had also been previously reported.

Update, 7:57 p.m.: The video below speaks for itself. It’s a tragedy when anyone this young dies, it doesn’t matter how many goals they can score.

But Alexei Cherepanov was obviously a special talent.

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  1. This is an absolute tragedy. I’m saddened for our Ranger family’s loss, but moreso by the loss of a human life. Rest in Peace, Alexei…

  2. Oh my. Just absolutely horrible. 19 years old. Unbelievable. And “that guy” – that’s heartless, first of all, and secondly, of course they don’t get any compensation. God bless and condolences….

  3. Repost from the last thread:

    I wouldn’t even think of that as far as standards in the league Beer, They’re generally using the same stuff as NHL players, RBK (and all it’s umbrella companies CCM, Jofa, Koho,etc), Nike Bauer, Warrior, Mission / Itech, Easton, it’s not like they’re all using Cooper stuff from 1978 over there

    Sad news regardless, may he rest in peace, I know I will spend the next few years wondering what he could have done over here, and I’m sure others will

  4. Not exactly what you expect to see when looking for a Rangers update. Beyond shocked.

    Rest in peace, Alexei.

  5. “Brandon October 13th, 2008 at 3:58 pm

    Your heart doesn’t stop from an elbow to the chest. It would have to be significant and major force for that to happen. Jagr would have had to been skating at full speed as fast as he could and landed a flying elbow directly in his chest hitting the most perfect spot.

    Clearly, he had some kind of condition as Im sure we’ll find out later what it was.

    Devestating news. Hard not to think a little selfishly too…

    Not true, sometimes it doesn’t take much.”

    Staal, I meant the hit is not cause. In this case, the hit was the spark to an already open flame, which is the condition.

    For the average person without such condition, a simple hit can not stop your heart.

  6. The Tsn link doesn’t say anything about Jagr being involved in the hit. Sounds like the defibulators weren’t working plus it took the ambulance a long time to show up. I recall when Jiri Fischer’s heart stopped in a game vs the Preds and thankfully they had defibulators nearby and his life was saved. The ambulance was already there so he got to the hospital quickly. They are saying on MSG+ that it was a heart attack.

    The guy that loves the Rangers you are a bleeping fool. A young kid dies and you wanna know if the Rangers get a new pick? God can you be a bigger fool or lowlife?

  7. It’s the same as if your player doesn’t make the team or quits hockey, there’s no compensation in death for anything, let alone sports.

    Pretty absurd comment dude.

  8. OMG this is horrible. I just cannot express how sad I feel for his friends and family. As well as the Rangers fans and organization. I feel like puking.

  9. 19 years old….this is just too sad. Even the mention of the defibs feels sketchy. So strange. Had to be pre-exsisting, perhaps, or…..drug use? steroid?

    Man, it is awful. The investigator in me just runs with questions…

  10. Unbelievable! My heart is tremendously saddened by this loss, for his family and for the hockey community that looked forward to the spark of life that Cherepanov would have brought. God rest his soul!

  11. Horrible thing to wake up to. My heart just fuggin sank. All hockey aside, potential, talent what ever, the kid was only what, 19 ? This is horrible news. The kid was living a dream year playing with his idol. This is just horrible, nothing more nothing less.

    I hope it wasn’t drugs, cause that would suck. You never know, all the pressure surrounding him, that’s how these things start.
    Nyr should have a moment of silence tonight.

    The last two seasons now, Bourdon, a young Flames prospect, and now Cherepanov died, all under the age of 21 i think. God damn tragic.

  12. Cindy Crawford on

    If any of you are familiar, injuries similar to this have killed a couple of high school lacrosse players on Long Island in the past 5 or so years. To my understanding they were hit with a ball in a certain area closer to the middle of the chest, and it has to happen at a specific time during the heartbeat. Such a freak accident and such sad news.

  13. Cherapanov was only 19 !!! this is absolutly sick !! I feel for all his familly and friends . Jagr must be devastated , this is the most horific news !! I bet Dubi down a B.B is feeling pritty low right about now …considering he bashed him a few months ago and got a ton of hate replys , saying to lay off the kid. Now this happens . Awful , just plaind sad . :(

  14. No drugs, no steroids, just genetics. It’s unfortunate. All athletes should have routine heart checks (cardiograms, eco-cardiograms, etc.). I had them when I played and still get them now.

    Unfortunately, there are too many guys playing russian roulette and they don’t even know it. One hit away from a catastrophe.

  15. Cindy Crawford on

    Also, I havent read anything yet and what I just said is based on what I have read throughout these comments on the blog. Also, the kids that this happened to were not on drugs. It can happen to anyone

  16. ThisYearsModel on

    I only hope that the eraly reports of him collapsing after running into Jagr’s elbow are incorrect. What a terrible situation for the lid and his family, and for the Rangers. My enthusiasm to watch tonight’s game has been sucked out of me by this news.

  17. BeerMe October 13th, 2008 at 4:11 pm

    bad loss. We were going to have to give those commies a boatload of money to get him over here. we have to look for new strategy. Do we get compensation?

    Would this particular beerme go burn in hell! not a good time to be a fucking schmuck

  18. This is unbelievable. He was too young.
    I am left speechless.

    Condolences to his family, teammates and friends.


    Pretty fuggin scumbag thing to ask, god damn minutes after the kid dies. You’re an asshole.

    Who gives a flying fugg if we get compensation. I was looking forward to watching that kid play, hoping he was gonna be like Kovalev, in his rookie year, or even better, like Jagr. This is a shitty loss. I still cant believe it, it would be semi comforting if some moron turned this into a joke, and it didn’t happen, but TSN already announced it, and now Sam. So it is what it is, a god damn tragedy.

    For once, im not even looking forward to a Ranger game.

  20. Sadly a lot of young people die just like this. There are conditions that sometimes cannot be seen in the heart until they go wrong. We’ve all seen the 14-25 year old athletes pass away in the same sudden fashion, often from the same fatal flaw that was there all along but unseen.

    It is so very sad but often there is no way to save them. A DFB device could have helped but it would have needed to get there within a few seconds. All major and minor sports should have them on the bench within reach of the trainers.

  21. This is even more screwed up than Bourdon’s death in the summer. That was a total accident while this seems like it could have been prevented, even if it meant that Chere had to stop playing hockey. At least Ortmeyer has survived so far from his pulmonary embolism and recurring subsequent blood problems. Another sad day for hockey.

    On a different topic, I wonder if the Maple Leafs did not know this about a pending suspension for Hollweg when they traded for him. To have an automatic suspension every time he boards someone, increasing by a game each time, this turns out to be another really stupid move for Toronto.

  22. this is just crazy. I was watching highlights of the kid last night thinking, omg, he’ll be here soon. It’s weird cuz I never actually watched vids of him since he was drafted until last night and I wake up today finding out that he died. That’s just crazy and I can’t feel more upset, not because he was a ranger, but because he was a young hockey player who had immense talent. It’s a huge loss for the hockey world.

  23. Leave it to Dubi to print the Jagr portion of the story with NO confirmation whatsoever… surprised he didn’t just say “and GUESS who did it?’ with a link to his pay section…

  24. Cindy Crawford October 13th, 2008 at 4:17 pm

    If any of you are familiar, injuries similar to this have killed a couple of high school lacrosse players on Long Island in the past 5 or so years. To my understanding they were hit with a ball in a certain area closer to the middle of the chest, and it has to happen at a specific time during the heartbeat. Such a freak accident and such sad news.

    solar plexus I believe

  25. GREG L

    I was thinking the same thing, but i didn’t even wanna comment on that. The kid was one classy guy. He wanted to honor his contract with a GM who gave him empty promises, and said that he wanted him to play his final year there, and then he can go to America, but im sure that prick would have filed law suits, like they all do.

    It just sucks that he couldn’t play a single game, not even pre season. I hate how people said he just didn’t wanna be here, that was such BS. I don’t regret Nyr drafting the kid, and believe it or not, not even now. I was so excited, and was hoping they would draft them. Like i said, this whole thing makes me sick to my stomach.

    I was hoping for Arty, and Cherry to be reunited together at some point in the next 7-8 years. This just sucks.

  26. Cindy Crawford on

    Stall.. Yeah that may be it. Rangers have it on their website right now but still no confirmed reasoning

  27. Stunning loss. Reading the story was like a hammer blow here at work. What a tragedy. I’m reminded of Ari Gold’s closing lines if anyone saw “Entourage” last night. Life’s short. I’m going home to hug my family.


    THE CURSE OF THE RANGER FIRST ROUND PICK CONTINUES!!!(At Least our defenseman seem to except the fate)

  29. my condolences… I am so sorry this was awful to ome on and see. That poor baby… and Jagr, I didn’t see te old post, I will go back and see, but if he did any part of it he must feel awful…

  30. If it was commotio cordis, there doesn’t need to be ANY preexisting condition. There is no way it could have been detected, screened, treated, etc. beforehand. Commotio cordis is simply a freak occurance where the chest is impacted in just the right place at a certain point during your heartbeat. If the timing is exactly right, the impact disrupts your heart rhythym and your heart can stop beating.

    Without immediate emergency attention, its almost universally fatal. It causes a lot of deaths of young atheletes in contact sports, and is the main reason that portable defibs are made available at so many youth sporting events these days.

    I just wanted to state that since a lot of people seem to think this was preventable when it most likely was not. Just take it for what it was, a terrible tragedy.

  31. So a Russian website tried to place the blame for Chery’s death on Jagr pretty sickening. Fleming said that he didn’t even see Chery get hit so now the truth comes out. I wonder if he would have survived if they had working defibulators and the ambulance would have showed up right away.

  32. We don’t even know if he was checked, hit whatever.
    He could have just had a heart attack

  33. Brandon

    “No drugs, no steroids, just genetics. It’s unfortunate. All athletes should have routine heart checks (cardiograms, eco-cardiograms, etc.). I had them when I played and still get them now.
    Unfortunately, there are too many guys playing russian roulette and they don’t even know it. One hit away from a catastrophe.”

    He attended training camp with us 2 years ago…. im pretty sure all athletes are screened for “sudden heart death” and abnormalities… somehow it went undetected

  34. Rest In Peace, Alexei. This is terrible news. Deepest condolences to his family and friends. Tragic.

    I really hope that some of the reports coming out of Russia ultimately prove incorrect. No defibrulator on the bench — why? All that oil money and they can’t afford to have one on hand for emergencies? Not even one between the two teams? What do they cost, a few thousand dollars or less? And 20 minutes to wait for an ambulance that left early? Never should happen. I hope these are incorrect.


  35. “I just wanted to state that since a lot of people seem to think this was preventable when it most likely was not. Just take it for what it was, a terrible tragedy.”

    It is indeed, but perhaps his death could have been prevented if a defibrillator had been on hand. As you stated, that’s why they’re always around.

  36. I’m gonna check out for a bit…I don’t really want to read anymore…I need a breather

  37. This may sound assholish, but in my opinion, if this would have happened in Hartford, or New York, he would have possibly had a way better chance at surviving. Who knows, maybe over in the KHL they don’t expect things like that to just happen out of the clear blue sky, and they don’t use every precaution available. But hey, that’s just me.

    Any Russian writer who is blaming his death on Jags. Well in a nut shell, i hope head explodes to hell n back, and his brains get splattered all over his computer. Jags is definitely feeling shitty, whether it was an “elbow” that cause it, or something else. Either way, he’s probably having a tough time dealing with it.

  38. Just read Sam’s update. So he first collapsed on the ice and wasn’t taken to the hospital then? Later on he collapsed on the bench and they had to wait for the ambulance.

  39. Did he collapse on the ice, then on the bench ?? Was there a time difference ? If he collapsed on the ice, then stayed on the bench for a few shifts before collapsing, then that is fuggin pathetic. KHL clearly doesn’t give a flying FUGG aboot these players. Give them all the money in the world to come over and make you money, but when it comes to there lives, fugg them ?? Assholes !!

  40. The way I read it, he probably collapsed on the ice, then went to the bench and collapsed again soon after getting there. I don’t think they would just have him sit there after having an issue on the ice.

  41. That is just terrible. I remember when I was playing lacrosse goal in high school, a goalie at Cornell’s summer camp died like this the week before I was there. Freakish accident.

    So sad.

  42. I am only passing along what Ive read. When it comes to these stories a lot gets lost AND created in translation.

  43. I can’t believe it. I was looking forward to watch his career grow. (hopefully with the Rangers) RIP.

  44. wow this is unreal when i saw the headline i had to do a quick check of what i was reading like wow this is rangers report this is true. Condolences to his family. Sad day for the rangers and hockey.

    Jesus they are saying he collided with Brandon Sutter son of Bret Sutter coach of the devils.

  45. From Slapshot: “Jagr was shouting “Wake up Alexei!” and was in tears at the bench during the efforts to revive him.”

    So terrible.


  46. Jags definitely is an emotional guy. I feel bad for him. This is the last thing he would have thought could happen when signing with OMSK. Take the kid under his wing, show him right from wrong, what to do, what not to do. Probably had a nice bond, just like in the movies.

    Its been a nightmare season for them from what ive read, this is the last thing they need.

    Hopefully soon, we get to find out what really happened, and the cause, and all that.

  47. i know i was reading something quickly on my cell and i saw something about the collison but that was in 2007 i corrected myself

  48. May the troller face the same fate to do something like that in a time like this.

    I wonder what will be said in the lockerroom. I can only hope that his absence in camp this year has lesser repercussions on those unfamiliar with Alex. But just being a hockey player, or athlete in any contact sport, you cannot help but to feel sad for all those that are touched by this tragedy.

    This will be a tough game tonight for all involved. That includes Devils players, coaches, fans, etc. The loss of a young, fantastic hockey player is not partial to a logo.

  49. God bless Espn hours after everyone said it didn’t happen they carry the orignal b.s. story.

  50. Wow, I’m shocked by this terrible news.
    My thoughts & prayers are with his family. May he rest in peace.

  51. GardenFaithfulinFLA on

    My heartfelt wishes go out to his family and friends. It is so very sad someone so young and on the threshold of his life have it end so suddenly. At least he was doing what he loved when it happened.

  52. So sorry to hear this news about this young man. God bless

    Man…I’m hearing stories from Pierre Mcguire about possibly having defective emergency difibulators at the arena…this probably is inappropriate at this time but I would bet if what he said is true then that is the end of players signing to play in the wilderness of the russian hinterlands

  53. onecupin67years on

    I feel terrible for the family and the poor kid.

    But life goes on…
    The Rangers and the Giants , both still undefeated, the rangers better win tonight for the kid.

  54. The “SlapShot” blog Sam referenced above has links to two sources. One claims there was no collision or trauma involved and that the defibrillators at the arena were not working. The other source, however, does state that he collided with Jagr during a line change and then went into cardiac arrest on the bench. Who knows which one is really accurate? My guess is ESPN and Reuters, etc. are all just including this piece of informatio, ie, “according to russian media outlets, there was a collision..” etc.

  55. I can not believe this. Wow, what a terrible tragedy. My condolences to his family and friends. Unreal and very sad.

  56. awful news…RIP

    the least the team could do tonight is win for the kid and his family (and a nice moment of silence). i was really excited about him coming here too.

  57. It’s a shame that we now live in a world where things can be said without regard for repercussions or feelings of others because assholes hide behind screen names and say what they want.

    The real shame is I and everyone knows that is not what you really mean, onecup, but this form of expression online allows one speak without thinking and express themselves just to get a rise.

  58. Of course this is just speculation because I know none of the facts but Second Impact Syndrome could be blamed here.

    As I am personally all too aware concussions are the silent killer of contact sports.

    poor kid.

  59. This is terrible news RIP AC you will be missed. I also have read that Jagr was standing over him crying for him to wake up. The Vangaurd website says there was no collision that they saw so ESPN trying to blame it on Jagr is just plain crazy (it doesnt surprise me thought they would blame global warming on Jagr if they could).





  60. My deepest condolences go out to Alexei’s family, friends and all hockey fans… this is a terrible loss for all of us and the game of hockey… let your soul rest in peace Alexei…

    Up in heaven Alexei Cherepanov and Valery Kharlamov would make an outstanding duo…

  61. OK, I think we need to focus on tonight’s game as a kind of distraction, hopefully we will be happier three hours from now. To help, I’ll open with a funny: Bobby Holik is *much uglier* than I remember.

  62. It’s so heartbreaking to hear about anyone this young dying. He had a great future ahead of him that was cut short. I am so sorry to hear about this tragic incident. My prayers go out to his family and friends.

  63. no one here knows he died… one of the ushers said to us ‘cheer up’ … when i told him he went white….

    rip alex….
    so sad…
    he had so much talent…. no matter where he woulda ended up…

  64. So, “that guy who loves the rangers,” I wouldn’t continue to love the Rangers because every one of the players wouldn’t want you to be a fan after what you just said.

    The kid was 19, and that’s your first reaction. What a gutless, heartless thing to say. I hope your mother is proud of what you said. You are scum, and I don’t care if I get banned from posting for saying that, but that’s what you are. If you die, I hope your parents get a nice compensation son! Fu&k off!!

    that guy who loves the rangers
    October 13th, 2008 at 4:06 pm
    Do the Rangers get any type of compensation, like a draft pick? Does anybody know if the Canucks did

  65. Staal!
    No I just heard of him here, thanks…maybe one day Rangers will get him and my jersey will be relevant again!

    By the way…is everyone’s jerseys still undefeated?

    He he

    Other note; I feel very bad for Jags as well….

  66. As sad and shocking this news is I have to believe that Alex is in a better place. In his short time here he was a special hockey player and from what I have read a great kid. May he be happy and peaceful and may we keep his memory alive in our hearts.

  67. Gotta win this game tonight. Putting aside Cherepanov’s death. We just gotta win this game just to prove we are still he better team than the Devs. I don’t think Nyr should “win this for Cherry”. They just gotta win this cause its a division game, and can be an important game, down the stretch at least. Shouldn’t put pressure on these players, and make it seem like if they lose they’re shitting on the honor of Cherry.

    Lets Go Rangers. A win would make this day a whole hell of a lot better.

  68. This is really sad. I have a feeling he could have been poisoned. Then again he could have had heart issues and kept it secret.

  69. Wow just got in, and am stunned. Regards to the whole family. He was too young to die, and people wonder why life isn’t fair.

    Condolences to his family.

  70. Sutter has the right idea, by putting together a monster hitting line. That is what we need to make us the best team in NHL we need a huge hard hitting 4th line, which means dumping softies like Betts and Sjostrom. Did anyone see 37 yearold Holik manhandle Sjostrom?

  71. I forgot to count from the start of the interview, but I believe Voros went with about 20 “you knows” again.

    What a stupid move by Fatso; glad to be up 1-0 on a fluke goal because we definitely outplayed the Devils in the first. I’m looking forward to a potential Rupp-Orr fight in the second.

  72. Lol, every time these guys score a goal, they all fall down, or they accidentally head butt each other Dubi, Voros, and Zherdev. Gotta love these guys.

    Lets go Rangers, 40 solid minutes, don’t let up.

    I already saw a hold, and an interference not called. Total BS.

  73. wow, what a blow.

    This is the second Rangers prospect to lose his life in the last few years.

    Roman Layashenko (sp) took his own life a few years ago and now this.

    R.I.P. Alexei

  74. Missed most of the first period but from what I saw the Dubi line looked great. No surprise Chico made all kinds of excuses for Brodeur on the weak goal he gave up. The other goalie could score on Brodeur and he’d claim there was a deflection.

  75. Unbelievable…It obviously produces a strange emotional response amongst Ranger fans, I was floored. He’ll forever be part of the family regardless he never played for us…I feel horrible for his family, for his team, and for us…

    Cherepanov R.I.P

  76. very very sad on his death. I’m sure the younger players especially the Russians in Hartford are getting hit real bad over this one. as a fan and human I feel this loss quite a bit considering I never met him. May God bless him and watch over his family.

  77. I just say “like” too much even though I hate it when other people do it, so sometimes I try to consciously stop it.

    Is there no trivia this year?! What a bummer!!

  78. I saw a piece about Luke Burdon from Vancouver who died I think last year…it’s weird how it feels like it’s different now that it’s one of our own

  79. for years ive been asking this team for a guy who stands in front of the net ala adam graves.

    marty marty marty

  80. Hey Sam, is there any way you can get these condolences to Alexei’s team or family? What a loss, he hardly got a chance to live at all.

  81. How tragic. My heart goes out to his family & fans.

    I jumped in here because I learned about this sad, sad situation while I am prepping for a fundraiser to provide free EKG screenings to area high school kids – athletes or not.

    Death from a pre-existing heart condition is the #1 cause for sudden death in young people. Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, Long QT are just two conditions that can cause death in an otherwise fit athlete. These conditions cannot be seen on a routine physical. A simple EKG, however, can detect them. Efforts in Japan & Italy have greatly reduced this kind of tragedy.

    We all know that for those who suffer from some of the nation’s most common health problems – diabetes, high cholesterol and coronary artery disease – exercise is a potent remedy. But for those with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM), it is the most active individuals — the young (usually teenaged) — who are at higher risk of sudden death because of their athletic pursuits. Each week sudden cardiac death claims the lives of more than 30 young adults in the U.S.

    Encourage your community, your schools and your docs to perform a simple EKG on your young athletes. I’m a mom of four who loves many of the kids in our community so I’m pounding the pavement raising funds to fund this screening. I encourage you to do the same.

    Interested in reading more, go to the Foundation’s website that I’m working with.

    God bless & keep Alexei Cherepanov’s family, firends, team-mates & fans in His comfort. May Alexei rest in peace. And if the cause of Alexei’s death was in fact a pre-existing heart condition, may we all learn that these things do tragically happen too often- and we can do something to prevent it with a bit of prevention.

  82. What happened to Betts” offense today? LMAO. Get this useless scrub out of here along with Sjostrom.

  83. Dubinsky has been awesome and his sidekick Voros has been amazing as well. 2nd home game the same 3 stars along with Henrik

  84. I know there has always been some Renney bashing. but he deserves credit for putting Voros with Dubinsky and Zherdev. and Sather signing him deserves kudos as well

  85. Awful, awful news that just made me sick when I read it this afternoon. I can only imagine how traumatized the other players must have been as Alex collapsed in front of them and didn’t revive. Those are the terrible moments that you hope never happen in the game.

    It’s no consolation whatsoever, but at least young Mr Cherepanov died playing the game that he loved.

  86. So shocked and numb was I to learn this news about two minutes before the opening face off. So many lessons here. One especially good one is – when you are young, NEVER ridicule someone for being old or just older. When I was 21 I did that disrespectfully, to an older man, and deserve the regret I came to feel about it, over the years.

    Older people have survived their 20’s and their 30’s and middle age, and have experienced a lot of life’s joys and blows, just to reach seniority. It doesn’t matter how young you are today, tomorrow could be your last day. So live life to the fullest and know, even if you live 100 years, your time is short. I will be 67 years old on Thursday, if I live until then. Lots to be grateful for, starting with not dying, like Alexei, at 19 years of age. He will never know the ripeness and the fullness of living for many years. May everyone here be so richly blessed as to one day arrive at your maturity, as I have been blessed to do.

  87. A report has been posted at suggesting that Cherepanv suffered from (and died as a result of) “chronic” ischemia.

    I, personally, don’t buy the chronic ischemia “diagnosis”.

    First, this is usually associated with poor health later in life (arterial sclerosis and the like), though it is possible he could have had it as part of some sort of congenital abnormality.

    If it were the case that he had chronic ischemia, he would most likely have known about this. Lack of blood flow to parts of the body tends to cause discomfort. For example, when your arm/leg is “asleep” it is caused by lack of blood flow to the extremity. Now, you don’t have the same concentration of pain receptors innervating your internal organs, but even a mild ischemic attack along the lines proposed by the ESPN article would most likely have similar symptoms to that of a heart attack. Additionally, such a condition would most likely manifest itself gradually over time, not suddenly (and seemingly without warning) as in this case.

    I’m not sure if this is a case of mistranslation, but it seems like “chronic” ischemia would be an unlikely cause for Cherepanov’s death. As noted above (and elsewhere) it is much more likely that a congenital defect of the heart, such as hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, is the culprit.

  88. The Cherepanov and Bourdon accidents are tragic, for their families and the NHL. The question is whether these accidents can be prevented in the future. Maybe better testing on the NHL’s part for the Cherepanov situation and educating the players (youngsters) on dangerous activities such as motorcycle etc… Just seems like more should/can be done to prevent tragedies like these from occuring in the future…. and it is ridiculous how the Rangers are seeking another pick to replace Cherepanov. My thoughts.

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