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We now know that the cause of death was chronic ischemia, a medical condition in which not enough blood gets to the heart or other organs.  It is unclear whether anyone knew of this condition or whether Cherepanov’s team or the Continental Hockey League should have taken precautionary measures.  From Mike Eckel of the AP:

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

The Russian authorities are also looking into whether negligence played a part in Cherepanov’s death.  From the same article:

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.

It sounds to me like there might be a cause of action against the team (Avangard Omsk), the league (the Continental Hockey League), and the medical personnel involved.  It’s terrible that such a tragedy could have been avoided.

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The 1st video is Cherepanov’s last shift, which was pretty uneventful.  FYI, Cherepanov is wearing #7.

The 2nd video is his last minutes on the bench. Warning: the 2nd video is disturbing. RIP Alexei.

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The Rangers 2007 first round draft pick died today near the end of Omsk’s KHL game. He and Jaromir Jagr collided right before the incident.

From Puck Daddy:

According to comments on SportBox.ru it was [Jaromir] Jagr’s elbow. Jagr is Cherepanov’s teammate. Apparently Jagr didn’t see him. Afterwards Jagr was shouting “Wake up Alexei” and was in tears.

From Rangers Report:

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.

From TSN:

Sources in Russia tell TSN that the ambulance that is normally at all games had already departed and had to be called back.

It is not clear exactly how long it took for Cherepanov to be transported from the rink to the hospital but one source in the arena told TSN it was “probably 15 or 20 minutes.”

Also, there is some question as to whether defibrillators at the arena were in good working order.

No further details are available at this point.

I expect the Rangers will do something before tonight’s game against the Devils.

All of us here at 5-hole are deeply saddened by the news. Our hearts go out to the family and friends of Alexei. This is truly terrible news.

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