Cherepanov collapses on bench during game, dies of apparent heart attack

Updated: October 14, 2008, 2:09 AM ET
By Scott Burnside | ESPN.com

The shocking death of promising young New York Rangers prospect Alexei Cherepanov at the end of a Continental Hockey League game Monday in Russia is both a tragic loss for the hockey world and a cautionary tale about the uncertainty of an evolving entity such as the KHL.

Cherepanov, a gifted forward who was playing with Avangard Omsk of the KHL, returned to the bench near the end of a game Monday night and collapsed.

"He passed out on the bench and they couldn't revive him," ...

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