Omsk head coach, Wayne Fleming said Cherepanov collapsed on the bench during the third period of the game and did not see anything that happened on the ice that may have contributed to it.
The Alex Ovetjkin Blog has a comment from sportsbox.ru story that says Jaromir Jagr's elbow struck Cherepanov.
According to comments on SportBox.ru it was Jagr's elbow. Jarg is Cherepanov's teammate. Apparently Jarg didn't see him. Afterwards Jagr was shouting "Wake up Alexei" and was in tears.The biggest concern is was there a working defibrillator in the arena.
Here's the official statement from the New York Rangers:
“We are extremely saddened by the tragic passing of Alexei,” said Sather. “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.”I want to send my sympathies to Alexei's family and friends. The New York Rangers, Avangard Omsk, and the Russian National Team lost a great player.
The 6-1, 187-pounder appeared in 106 career Russian Super League (RSL)/KHL matches with Avangard Omsk, collecting 40 goals and 29 assists for 69 points, along with 61 penalty minutes. Last season, Cherepanov established a career-high in assists (13) while finishing fourth on the club in points (28). In 2006-07, he set the RSL record for most goals by a rookie (18), eclipsing Pavel Bure’s mark (17) set in 1988-89 with the Red Army (CSKA Moscow).
Update 10:00pm: A video has popped up on Youtube of the training staff working on Cherepanov. Warning this video might not be suitable for some viewers.
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