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Alexei Cherepanov | Winger

Team: New York Rangers
Age / DOB:  (29) / 1/15/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'1" / 183
Drafted: 2007 / Rd. 1 (17) / NYR

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KHL team doctors were not to be blamed for the death of Alexei Cherepanov.
Cherepanov passed away after collapsing on the bench during a game on Oct. 13,2008 in the KHL. He was the Rangers first round pick, 17th overall, in the 2007 Entry Draft. The highly skilled forward suffered from a chronic heart condition. The report stated: there was "no reason to suspect the 19-year-old ... suffered from a chronic heart problem and did not prescribe the medicine he was taking. ... Team doctors will not face a criminal investigation." Fri, Jul 17, 2009 07:56:00 AM
Source: NY Post

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The New York Rangers will receive a compensatory draft pick for the death of Alexei Cherepanov.

The Rangers selected Cherepanov with the 17th overall selection in the 2007 entry draft. The Rangers will receive the 17th pick in the second round of the 2009 draft. The ruling falls under CBA terms for teams that are unable to sign their first round pick - although the language might be modified to include a player's death. Cherepanov collapsed on the bench during a KHL game earlier this season and died shortly thereafter due to cardiac condition.
Source: NY Post
Wed, Mar 11, 2009 10:33:00 AM

The KHL has issued four suspensions in response to Alexei Cherepanov's tragic death.

Cherepanov passed away after he collapsed while on the bunch for Omsk club Avangard during a KHL game against Vityaz on October 13th. A Russian investigation in December revealed that the medical personal involved could be legally liable. The doctors arrived 12 minutes after Cherepanov had collapsed and the battery on the defibrillator used to attempt to bring Cherepanov's heart back was drained. The KHL has now suspended Avangard's President, General Manager, and one of Avangard's doctors in connection with Cherepanov's death. Vityaz's President has also been suspended in response to complaints that the team's arena had improperly organized medical services.
Fri, Jan 16, 2009 03:58:00 PM

Russian investigators have concluded that Alexei Cherepanov had engaged in blood doping.

The investigators are basing their findings on urine and blood samples. The investigation concluded that Cherepanov had been blood doping for several months, but they didn't provide many details beyond that. Cherepanov tragically passed away after he collapsed while on the bench for Omsk club Avangard during a KHL game on October 13th. In his final year, Cherepanov had been suffering from a condition where not enough blood gets to the heart called myocarditis. With that condition he reportedly should have not been playing hockey. It is possible that the club's medical team could be legally liable in this case. The doctors arrived 12 minutes after Cherepanov had collapsed and the battery on the defibrillator used to attempt to bring Cherepanov's heart back was drained.
Mon, Dec 29, 2008 11:36:00 AM

The New York Post is reporting that the New York Rangers are looking to be compensated with a draft pick for Alexei Cherepanov.

Cherepanov was the Rangers 17th overall pick in the 2007 Entry Draft and he passed away tragically last month during a KHL game. The Rangers will argue that they never signed Cherepanov and that CBA article 8.3 (b) gives a team a draft selection if they are unable to sign their first round pick. "At this point, the league has taken no position on the Rangers' request," NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly told The Post. "The matter is in front of the league's general managers, who will address the subject at their next meeting in March. It's possible that the language of the CBA would need to be amended to address situations such as this one. If that's the case, then we would need to negotiate that with the Players' Association."
Source: NY Post
Thu, Nov 6, 2008 06:37:00 PM

If the Alexei Cherepanov saga wasn't tragic enough, word out of Russia is that the former Ranger prospect was playing in the Continental Hockey League illegally.

A Russian military officer alleges that Cherepanov was supposed to be serving his mandatory military service instead of playing for Omsk of the CHL. This sad story just gets sadder by the minute.
Source: Newsday
Sat, Nov 1, 2008 10:34:00 AM

Alexei Cherepanov collapsed around the bench area, in the third period, of a KHL contest in Russia on Monday and passed away shortly after.

The arena medical staff tried to revive the 19-year-old prospect, but were unable to get his heart beating again. Sources in Russia have informed TSN that the ambulance, that is at-the-ready for all games, had already gone to the hospital earlier and it had to be called back. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Cherepanov's family and friends.
Mon, Oct 13, 2008 04:19:00 PM

Alexei Cherepanov collapsed around the bench area during a game in the KHL on Monday.

He is attempting to be revived by the medical staff and we will update this situation when more information becomes available. Cherepanov was drafted 17th by New York in the 2007 draft.
Mon, Oct 13, 2008 03:28:00 PM

Ranger GM Glen Sather will meet with a Russian Super League GM about the availability of Alexei Cherepanov.

Sather will meet with the Omsk GM - Cherepanov's boss - to see if some sort of agreement can be reached that will allow the youngster to play in North America next season. The NHL and the Russian Hockey Federation still do not have a transfer agreement set up, which means that each player's transfer is handled on a case-by-case basis.
Source: NY Post
Fri, Mar 28, 2008 11:12:00 AM

Alexei Cherepanov suffered a concussion in Game 2 of the Super Series versus the Canadian team.

Cherepanov will miss the remainder of the tournament after he was leveled by a Brandon Sutter hit in open ice. The New York Rangers' 17th overall selection in the 2007 Entry Draft had been held pointless in the first two games of the series, but appeared dangerous at times.
Fri, Aug 31, 2007 09:16:00 AM

According to Alexei Cherepanov's agent Jay Grossman, there is already an agreement in place with Omsk of the Russian Super League to release his client from any playing obligations for 2007-08.

Now if only the Russian Ice Hockey Federation goes along with it all will be well in Gotham.
Source: Daily News
Sun, Jun 24, 2007 10:44:00 AM

Alexei Cherepanov's free-fall in the draft on Friday landed him with the New York Rangers with the 17th overall pick.

Cherepanov is the most talented player in the draft, but, perhaps, also the most enigmatic. As a 17-year-old, he dominated the World Junior Championships like very few others at the same age. He led the tournament in scoring and was named as the top forward against the best 19-year-olds in the world. In the Russian Super League he broke Pavel Bure’s record for goals as a rookie and also surpassed the first-season point totals of such wunderkinds as Evgeni Malkin, Ilya Kovalchuk and Alexander Ovechkin. However, against much easier competition in the Five Nations tournament, Cherepanov pulled a disappearing act that would have made Houdini proud. The left-shooting right-winger has speed to burn and is a creative playmaker with a big-league shot. He has it all, and then some. Some scouts are worried about his inconsistency and the fact that he’s Russian – a lack of a transfer agreement may make it difficult to leave for the NHL, which is the reason why he was available for New York
Fri, Jun 22, 2007 09:06:00 PM

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