The Ontario Hockey League's London Knights announced in a statement Saturday that Russian forward Abakar Kazbekov has died. He was 18.
No further details on his death were provided. He had just played in London's 5-2 win over the Owen Sound Attack on Friday.
OHL Commissioner David Brance said in a statement, via the Canadian Press: "Today I join the entire OHL community in mourning the devastating loss of London Knights player Abakar Kazbekov. Our deepest condolences are with his family and friends in Russia and his teammates, billets and friends here in Canada."
Kazbekov had been a member of the London Knights since the 2021-22 campaign. He was selected first overall by the Knights in the 2021 OHL U-18 draft and went on to score one goal in nine games last season.
Kazbekov notched one assist in 12 games during the 2022-23 campaign.
Before being drafted into the OHL, Kazbekov played his U-16 and U-18 hockey in Russia. He also played for the U-18 Mississauga Senators of the Greater Toronto Hockey League in 2020-21.
The OHL announced Saturday's game between the Knights and Flint Firebirds has been postponed following Kazbekov's death.