Tragedy Strikes Jussi Markkanen’s Family
Monday September 22nd 2008, 10:31 pm


Former Ranger Jussi Markkenen and his wife Sanna faced the worst tragedy a parent can confront Monday when their son Ole-Matias fell from their apartment window in Moscow. The 4-year old was pronounced dead at the scene. According to Russian web site, the boy was playing with his brother in the family’s apartment when he climbed on to the window sill and slipped.

The family had only recently joined Markkanen in Moscow, where he’s playing for CSKA Moscow this season after spending last year with Jokerit in his native Finland. He learned of the news while preparing for the team’s game against Dinamo Riga Monday night and immediately left the team. His teammates joined the family at their apartment after the game (a 4-3 loss) to offer their support.

“What has happened in Jussi’s family is a major tragedy for all of us,” teammate Alexei Tertshny told Life. “We will do everything in our power to help our teammate. The management of CSKA is already doing everything possible. But of course everything now will depend only on Jussi himself. I hope very much that everything will be ok…”

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Markkanen family.

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    What a tragedy. I can’t even imagine losing a child. My thoughts and prayers are with Jussi and his wife.

    Comment by Ruthe Robertson 09.23.08 @ 9:13 pm

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