Breaking News: New York Rangers Prospect Alexei Cherepanov Dies

Shane HouseAnalyst IOctober 13, 2008

In breaking news New York Rangers top prospect Alexei Cherepanov died today by suffering a heart attack during a hockey game while playing for his team, Avangard Omsk, in the Kontinental Hockey League in Russia.

New York's first pick (17th overall), in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft, Cherepanov was the best European in the draft but dropped in the draft because of the problems with transferring Russian players to the NHL.

Drawing comparisons to Pavel Bure and Ilya Kovalchuk, Cherepanov broke the rookie goal scoring record by netting 18 in his first year beating Pavel Bure's old record.

So far this season, Cherepanov had eight goals and 12 points in 15 games and had a goal in the game before the collapse on the ice.

Being touted as the New York Rangers top prospect, Cherepanov was expected to come to the Rangers prospects camp this year but couldn't because of the lack of formal transfer agreement between the NHL and Russia.

Cherepanov will sorely be missed by Russia, the New York Rangers and the National Hockey League. He was 19.