Not Stars related, but a deep tragedy in Russia today. 19-year-old Russian forward and New York Rangers prospect Alexei Cherepanov collapsed after a collision with Jaromir Jagr during a line change in a game between Avangard and Chekhov Vityaz (**EDIT: this is why you don’t write about it until it’s been fully reported, particularly when there are translation issues. Cherepanov was sitting next to Jagr on the bench talking about their shift, when Cherepanov suddenly collapsed). His heart stopped, and he was rushed to the emergency room. He died at 1:55PM Central Time (I say Central because it is the only time zone that really exists to me).
According to Alex Ovetjkin Blog, Cherepanov’s nickname was the Siberian Express, and he had more points in his rookie year in the RSL than Evgeni Malkin, Alexander Ovechkin, and Ilya Kovalchuk. He surpassed the rookie goal scoring record held by Pavel Bure, and represented Russia in the 2007 World Juniors.
I did some hunting on YouTube to find videos of him – there’s definitely a reason he was drafted in the first round.
And here he is answering questions to the media. He knows absolutely no English and speaks through a translator.
Cherepanov had stated that he wanted to play in Russia one more year before heading to the NHL. This is such a tragedy, and my thoughts go out to his family and all his loved ones.