A day after the tragic death of Alexei Cherepanov, there remain questions about “whether he was adequately tended to after collapsing”:http://sports.espn.go.com/nhl/news/story?id=3642466.
According to Russian hockey officials, there was no ambulance on duty at the arena where Cherepanov’s Russian team, Avangard Omsk, was playing. There’s also a question of whether a defibrillator on site was in working order.
Russian investigators said Cherepanov suffered from chronic ischemia, a medical condition in which not enough blood gets to the heart or other organs.
Still unclear is what the Rangers plans are to honor Cherepanov, or if members of the organization will travel to Russia to attend his funeral. Tom Renney suggested last night that even he would go if it would mean something to the family, but that’s unlikely to happen.
Update, 2:33 p.m.:Â One quick clarification about my previous post. The Rangers are playing great, I am not contesting that at all. If you’re a fan and you’re not excited by this team, then you haven’t been watching.
But the important to remember is there are 77 games left to play in the regular season, and then, hopefully for the Rangers, the playoffs.
No team bases its season around what it does in October, and that’s why it’s important to ask questions about what steps this team might need to take to ensure its success extends beyond a couple of weeks. Maybe the answer is nothing right now. But that doesn’t mean you don’t at least consider your options.
The ironyÂ is that in the two previous seasons, I took plenty of heat from fans for beating the “it’s still early” drum when the Rangers were off to a sluggish start and on pace to miss the playoffs.
I’m still beating the same drum. The difference now is you probably want the playoffs to start tomorrow.
All good stuff. I welcome all comments and criticisms provided they’re not laced with expletives.
It’s a long season, so settle in…
Update, 2:49 p.m.: The Rangers have not solidified any plans regarding Cherepanov, but their Russian scout Vladimir Luchenko would be a likely candidate to represent the team. Whether anyone else from the organization would be in attendance for a funeral is still undecided.