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.