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I agree defibs in every arena, gym, school, and rec center. They need periodic checks and more people need to be trained to use them.

Very sad news...

Yes, it should be the law to have one of these in each public building and at least 10 people who know how to use them and have had training. They've already set these up my local hockey rink, so hopefully they will do the same to every building to help people.

Someone can have a heart attack anywhere.

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This is terrible news, I feel terrible for Alexei's family and as well Jagr, I can't possibly imagine what they are feeling right now.

It's sad to know that this is something that could have been avoided if only the arena where they were playing was properly equipped with defibrillators.

R.I.P. Alexei

it is a tragedy...

but I think it is premature to claim that this could have been avoided if they had a working defibrillator (which they may or may not have had) until the results of an autopsy... certainly having one would have been preferred because it would have provided for another treatment option, but it's no guarantee... people still die in hospitals of heart failure...

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wow...you know...this is just sooo freakin sad...i was SOOOOOOOOO looking forward to seeing him in the NHL, i mean....i play NHL 08 on my pc and i downloaded the latest roster update on nhldepot...and i always play with the habs (cuz i've always been the biggest kovy fan) and my buddy plays with the rangers, we play each other online, and in the latest roster update, cherepanov was already on the rangers roster, bc during the summer i think everyone had thought that he would finally come to the Nhl, but he decided to stay in russia for another year....so he's in the game, a bit of a tiiny tiny tribute, just so sad, i really think alexei was goin to be another huge star like ovech or malkin or datsyuk, this is typical ***** that always goes on in russia, no accountability, nobody cares over there, the ambulance left early b4 the game ended, i mean ***** *****, that's just ridiculous, in the NHL this would have never happened, and alexei would still be alive, (ex. jiri fisher from detroit a few years ago),

p.s., my theory is that russian forwards that have been on the rangers have never had success while on the rangers

1... kovy, always over criticized and had those knee injuries, only started to shine on the pens and also in montreal

2... bure... came to the rangers, a year later retired bc of knee injuries...i mean...he had knee injuries earlier in his career, but it's the one he got on the rangers that ended his career

3... roman lyashenko(spelling?) remember that guy...committed suicide in turkey, which is still questionable,,,, may have been turkish mafia

4... now cherepanov, not exactly yet on the rangers, but in the system

5,6,7,etc, they traded zubov, nemchinov, malakhov, tyutin, i don't know...

i mean they got zherdev now....lets hope everything goes well over there with niki

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this is so depressing news... i saw it yesterday and had had a bad day already... it was so hard to hear about luc bourdon and his accident but i've seen this kid at the 2007 draft, sitting there, getting nervous about when someone would finally picking (remember, some had him go in the top 5) and then seeing how he was all smiles putting on his rangers jersey and hat... i was so looking forward to seeing this kid prove people wrong who passed on him... very sad day! all the best to his family, friends, coaches and teammates! RIP Alexei Cherepanov

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It's scary how many heart problems we see with these athletes: all young and in good shape. In the NHL alone we saw similar situations (although they survived) with Pronger and then Fischer in the past decade. There are a couple others who have had heart issues found off ice, such as Numminen. Then in the last year we have seen two prospects die due to heart failure.

I also feel really sorry for Jagr here. Even though logically he knows this isn't his fault, he'll be blaming himself on some level. I'm kind of hoping they find he had some pre-existing condition and that this wasn't a direct consequence of the one collision.

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This is a sad day for hockey...But most importantly, it is a sad day for the Cherapanov family...My deepest and most sincere of sympathies go out to them, his teammates and anyone else who's life was impacted by his.

It seems we're burying atheletes at way too young an age these days...And for a perfectly healthy 19 year old to die of heart failure is just plain out wrong...We need doctors to look into this and find answers and solutions...We should never have to bury a young boy...or girl for that matter.

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What a shame, kid was so young and so talented....The hockey world has lost way to many young prospects this year, Bourdon, Renaud and now Cherepanov.

I really hope that his death wasn't because the diphibulator wasn't working properly because that is awful...Every arena needs one that is up to date and working.

RIP Cherepanov.

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I want to preface this post by saying these are comments made in the preliminary stages of the investigation by people who may not actually be well-informed... as often happens with big news stories, lots of people have their opinions on what happened, but they may not really know anything -- maybe they're just trying to help the reporters out with a theory or quote or maybe they're trying to draw attention to themselves by claiming to know things they really don't have any info about...

Rangers prospect dies during game in Russia

By MIKE ECKEL, Associated Press Writer

MOSCOW (AP)—A Russian lawmaker said Tuesday that rising hockey star Alexei Cherepanov, a first-round draft pick of the New York Rangers, may have died due to negligence on the part of paramedics who responded to an emergency call.

Cherepanov, 19, died Monday during a Continental Hockey League game outside of Moscow.

Russian investigators said Cherepanov suffered from chronic ischemia, a medical condition in which not enough blood gets to the heart or other organs.

Pavel Krasheninnikov, who sits on the Russian Hockey Federation’s supervisory council and is a member of the State Duma, said there was no ambulance on duty at the arena where Cherepanov’s Russian team, Avangard Omsk, was playing.

He asserted that emergency workers took too long to respond and didn’t have a defibrillator, a machine used to shock the heart. It was unclear how much time it took paramedics to respond.

“There are elements of negligence here,” Krasheninnikov said in televised comments.

Moscow regional investigator Yulia Zhukova said officials would look into why Cherepanov was playing with ischemia, and said officials could open a criminal investigation.

Former Rangers captain Jaromir Jagr played a shift with Cherepanov and was talking to him on the bench shortly after they left the ice, when Cherepanov suddenly collapsed, said a Rangers spokesman who talked to Jagr.

There was no collision that preceded the collapse, the spokesman said, but few other details were available. Cherepanov scored the first goal of the game and had eight in 15 contests this season, his third with Avangard Omsk.

“It was really kind of a surreal thing for the players,” Cherepanov’s agent Jay Grossman said. “He was skating in on a 2-on-1 with Jaromir and then they came back to the bench. Jaromir was talking to him and he told him he has to score on that play. The next thing you know, he collapsed.

“(Jagr) went with him into the dressing room area and they revived him for some time and then he didn’t make it,” Grossman said.

Amateur video taken at the game showed players and coaches gathered around the Avangard bench, then carrying a player who appeared to be Cherepanov.

Grossman said Monday that testing done on Cherepanov at the NHL combine before last year’s draft didn’t reveal any heart problems. He has been told that players in the KHL receive regular heart and blood tests, similar to those given in the NHL.

The Rangers announced Cherepanov’s death shortly before they played at home against the New Jersey Devils on Monday night. New York coach Tom Renney said his club was not aware of any health issues with the young player.

“He’s a Ranger and I think it’ll have an impact on people,” Renney said. “We’re going to have to deal with it in our own personal way.”

Cherepanov surprisingly slipped to the Rangers during the 2007 NHL draft and they grabbed him with the 17th pick. The talented forward dropped because of concerns about his signability and the potential difficulty in getting him to leave Russia.

“He was an exceptionally talented kid,” Grossman said. “He played in the Russian Elite League, in the men’s league, even before he was drafted which in and of itself is an achievement. He was a self-motivated kid that had an inner-confidence about him.”

The Rangers maintained a good relationship with Omsk and the club’s general manager, even though there has been feuding between the NHL and Russia’s KHL.

New York assistant coach Mike Pelino recently returned from a one-week trip to Russia where he watched Cherepanov play and then dined with him and Jagr.

“I was shocked when I heard. I thought it must be a misprint or something because he just had so much going for him,” Pelino said. “He was someone who I was really excited about and thought, ‘Wow, we did get something special here.’

“He had things to work on. We felt he had to become a little stronger still, he had to probably become a little bit more aware defensively. But as far as raw talent went and the ability to score, he was great.”

AP Hockey Writer Ira Podell in New York contributed to this report.

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His agent denies there were issues with his heart, But if this is so, could it be the reason he dropped so far in the draft ?

Sad, sad and tragic occurance.

Yes it is very sad........very good prospect who definately could have been the face of the Rangers franchise heading into the next decade

I think the only reason he slipped so far hopefully was the fact that the NHL and Russia didn't have a player agreement

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I want to preface this post by saying these are comments made in the preliminary stages of the investigation by people who may not actually be well-informed... as often happens with big news stories, lots of people have their opinions on what happened, but they may not really know anything -- maybe they're just trying to help the reporters out with a theory or quote or maybe they're trying to draw attention to themselves by claiming to know things they really don't have any info about...

Rangers prospect dies during game in Russia

By MIKE ECKEL, Associated Press Writer

MOSCOW (AP)—A Russian lawmaker said Tuesday that rising hockey star Alexei Cherepanov, a first-round draft pick of the New York Rangers, may have died due to negligence on the part of paramedics who responded to an emergency call.

Cherepanov, 19, died Monday during a Continental Hockey League game outside of Moscow.

Russian investigators said Cherepanov suffered from chronic ischemia, a medical condition in which not enough blood gets to the heart or other organs.

Pavel Krasheninnikov, who sits on the Russian Hockey Federation’s supervisory council and is a member of the State Duma, said there was no ambulance on duty at the arena where Cherepanov’s Russian team, Avangard Omsk, was playing.

He asserted that emergency workers took too long to respond and didn’t have a defibrillator, a machine used to shock the heart. It was unclear how much time it took paramedics to respond.

“There are elements of negligence here,” Krasheninnikov said in televised comments.

Moscow regional investigator Yulia Zhukova said officials would look into why Cherepanov was playing with ischemia, and said officials could open a criminal investigation.

Former Rangers captain Jaromir Jagr played a shift with Cherepanov and was talking to him on the bench shortly after they left the ice, when Cherepanov suddenly collapsed, said a Rangers spokesman who talked to Jagr.

There was no collision that preceded the collapse, the spokesman said, but few other details were available. Cherepanov scored the first goal of the game and had eight in 15 contests this season, his third with Avangard Omsk.

“It was really kind of a surreal thing for the players,” Cherepanov’s agent Jay Grossman said. “He was skating in on a 2-on-1 with Jaromir and then they came back to the bench. Jaromir was talking to him and he told him he has to score on that play. The next thing you know, he collapsed.

“(Jagr) went with him into the dressing room area and they revived him for some time and then he didn’t make it,” Grossman said.

Amateur video taken at the game showed players and coaches gathered around the Avangard bench, then carrying a player who appeared to be Cherepanov.

Grossman said Monday that testing done on Cherepanov at the NHL combine before last year’s draft didn’t reveal any heart problems. He has been told that players in the KHL receive regular heart and blood tests, similar to those given in the NHL.

The Rangers announced Cherepanov’s death shortly before they played at home against the New Jersey Devils on Monday night. New York coach Tom Renney said his club was not aware of any health issues with the young player.

“He’s a Ranger and I think it’ll have an impact on people,” Renney said. “We’re going to have to deal with it in our own personal way.”

Cherepanov surprisingly slipped to the Rangers during the 2007 NHL draft and they grabbed him with the 17th pick. The talented forward dropped because of concerns about his signability and the potential difficulty in getting him to leave Russia.

“He was an exceptionally talented kid,” Grossman said. “He played in the Russian Elite League, in the men’s league, even before he was drafted which in and of itself is an achievement. He was a self-motivated kid that had an inner-confidence about him.”

The Rangers maintained a good relationship with Omsk and the club’s general manager, even though there has been feuding between the NHL and Russia’s KHL.

New York assistant coach Mike Pelino recently returned from a one-week trip to Russia where he watched Cherepanov play and then dined with him and Jagr.

“I was shocked when I heard. I thought it must be a misprint or something because he just had so much going for him,” Pelino said. “He was someone who I was really excited about and thought, ‘Wow, we did get something special here.’

“He had things to work on. We felt he had to become a little stronger still, he had to probably become a little bit more aware defensively. But as far as raw talent went and the ability to score, he was great.”

AP Hockey Writer Ira Podell in New York contributed to this report.

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Thank you for the article.

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championat.ru, Oct. 14, 2008:

According to the medical examiner who carried out the autopsy of Alexei Cherepanov the sudden death of the hockey player was caused by acute heart failure as a result of miocardiopathy, most likely a hypertrophy of the heart muscle.

"We were at the place of the tragedy till five in the morning" said managing director of the Kontinental Hockey League Vladimir Shalaev. "We already have in our hands the medical expert's opinion. We can say unambiguously that Alexei Cherepanov death is a result of a heart attack and miocardiopathy. The disease was not shown up during the game or the year before. As it was found Alexei had it for a long time. Judge for yourself, the man of his age should have the heart weight of about 290 grams, while Alexei heart weight was 495 grams."

"With this data he shouldn't just not be allowed to play, he should be given a disability" said Shalaev.

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Looks like it was bound to happen at some point.

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