Reports from the New York Times state that 19 year-old Alexei Cherepanov died Monday during a hockey game in Chekhov, Russia. The talented forward was a prospect for the Rangers team in the American National Hockey League. Cherepanov was reported by the Russian press to have fallen unconscious towards the end of a game with fellow K.H.L. team Vityaz, while sitting on a bench, where others attempted to revive him. The player was subsequently taken to a Chekhov hospital where attempts to save him continued for an hour. Cherepanov was pronounced dead shortly before 11:00 p.m.
Cherepanov was celebrated as an athlete and a charismatic individual. The tragedy of his death was felt by many who commented to the press about his athleticism and favorable personality, while expressing condolences to the player’s family and friends.
Cherepanov was speculated to leave the K.H.L. and join the N.H.L. Rangers team for the upcoming season, but remained with his team. Throughout his sports career, he was stated to have achieved many milestones at an early age, one being setting a record for having the most goals of any rookie in the Russian Superliga during the 2006-2007 season.