Alexei Cherepanov 1989-2008

The National Hockey League announced today that 19-year old Alexei Cherepanov has passed away. The Russian winger was hailed to be the next coming of Pavel Bure, and was drafted by the New York Rangers in the 1st round, 17th overall in the 2007 draft.

Cherepanov collapsed on the bench in a KHL game. An investigation is underway to determine the cause.

We at HockeyAnalysis send our deepest condolences.

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  1. 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.

  2. Education is definitely important, and the NHL has already made plans to incorporate more tests to catch irregular heart problems. Obviously more can always be done about these things, but these occurrences are very rare. I find it interesting that we’re seeing more heart problems than ever before.

    I don’t have a problem with the Rangers asking for a compensatory pick. I think it’s very well within their rights and they have publicly acknowledged that it is a difficult time to make such a request, but they are still a hockey organization and need to move forward. I don’t consider it a slap to the face anyone at all.

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