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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 NHL and the newly formed Russian Continental Hockey League (abbreviated KHL) agreed today at a meeting in Zurich to respect the validity of player contracts across all borders.

The immediate impact of the agreement will be to put an end to KHL teams offering big money to NHL players if they walk out on the remaining years of their NHL contracts.

In the long-term, this agreement will serve to stimulate the rapid globalization of the game of hockey.  The possibility of a 2012 Hockey World Cup was reportedly discussed but no concrete plans were made.

Is it out of the question to ponder the possibility of a worldwide league within a decade where the winner of the Stanley Cup would meet the winner of the Gagarin Cup in a yearly World Championship??

Read the full article here.

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