KHL Announces Changes in Response to Cherepanov’s Death
Wednesday October 22nd 2008, 7:57 pm

After receiving an update on the status of the investigation into Alexei Cherepanov’s death — the final findings aren’t expected for another two weeks — the KHL Board of Directors announced yesterday that it will move ahead with the following changes and recommendations with the goal of preventing a repeat of the tragedy in the future.

  • The Board of Directors authorized the KHL Medical Center to institute a “common electronic medical passport for athletes” which will contain key information on a wide variety of medical issues for each player in the league.

  • In November and December of this year the KHL’s Medical Center will perform comprehensive medical examinations on 67 young hockey players currently playing in the league. Teams will have until March 30, 2009 to have the remainder of their players examined at approved medical facilities.

  • Effective immediately, two ambulances “equipped according to the established specifications” will be required at every game. Acknowledging that fixing the problems in the on-site and in-ambulance care Cherepanov received requires measures beyond the jurisdiction of the league itself, KHL President Alexander Medvedev has also sent a letter to the Russian Minister of Health and Social Development, demanding he take action to ensure that all ambulances are properly equipped at all times.

  • The KHL will formally recommend that all teams have specialists in cardiology, opthalmology and surgery on-site at all games to provide medical assistance to players and spectators in the event of an emergency. Additionally, the league will hold a special training seminar for all team doctors in the near future.

  • Through December 30th a special commission of the KHL will perform a complete examination of the infrastructure of all junior teams and schools, including their training facilities, medical treatment and safety procedures. All players eligible for the draft the KHL will institute beginning next year will be required to pass a thorough medical examination.

  • In the near future a contract with the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RusADA), which is part of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), will be signed. All KHL players will be thoroughly tested on February 1, 2009.

  • The league will expand its practice of having league commissioners perform inspections at games, and give them increased powers, including the ability to cancel games on the spot.

Finally, the KHL has announced that the Director of the Vityaz hockey club and the Director of the arena in Chekhov where Cherepanov collapsed have been disqualified from working within the league in any capacity in the future.

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    In week 1 of the 2007 football season, Kevin Everett of the Buffalo Bills sustained “a fracture and dislocation of his cervical spine”. Rather than be hurt by the fact that he wasn’t in a hospital, he was helped by the fact that some of the brightest and innovative doctors were there.

    Andrew Cappuccino, a , 45, an orthopedic surgeon with specialty training in disorders of the spine and for 13 years a member of the Bills’ staff was at the game and was the person who had Kevin’s body temperature lowered to 91 degrees to prevent swelling – and many are saying its because of this bold initiative that Kevin is walking today.

    Its this emphasis on health and medicine in America that I would like to see better displayed world-wide. Heck, what we lack in universal healthcare, we make up for in a desire to protect those who play on Sunday.

    Comment by #14 10.22.08 @ 3:48 pm

    It is a shame that it took a loss of life to make changes but, I am happy to hear the players will be protected more. And as far as the terminations not harse enough. I believe when God says it your time it’s your time but who knows that it really was with the conditions that were faced that night.

    Comment by Maria 10.22.08 @ 6:45 pm

    It’s not one guy that died the other game, there’re are quite a few more who have died either during training, or games. May be if they paid more attention to the health of the players, than they do all of their memorial games, they’d have fewer of them(memorial games). What happened there the other day was outragous to say the least, but only too typical. And Medvedev, buncha crap. Nthg is gonna get done. More players will die.

    Comment by Why...Oh why...Why,why 10.22.08 @ 7:03 pm

    I think it’s a very good start, however I feel that the KHL should mandate provision of and training on AED equipment.

    Comment by Elliot 10.23.08 @ 9:43 am

    I agree Elliot… the one glaring omission from my point of view was not mandating that defibrillators be on scene at every arena. They’re counting on the ambulances’ equipment, and we saw how that worked out…

    In the mountain of articles I read in the Russian press last week, one thing that stuck out was a quote by someone — I forget who, but it might have been the Vityaz team doctor — who mentioned that only the four richest teams have their own defibrillators. That’s simply not good enough. Each team should have one, and each team doctor should be trained how to use it. I’m sure there are no ambulances on scene at team practices (I doubt they’re present at NHL practices either) and what happened to Cherepanov or Jiri Fischer could have just as easily happened after a hard practice as in a game. An AED costs between $2-3,000, which is next to nothing even for the teams on the tightest budgets. Times 24 teams, that’s still pocket change for guys like Medvedev and Fetisov… you want to show you care about the future of Russian hockey, go out and purchase 24 of them and distribute them to the teams.

    Comment by laurie 10.23.08 @ 9:58 am

    Too little, too late.

    Alexei is dead, and nothing will ever change that.

    Comment by Jeff L. 10.23.08 @ 10:56 am

    A mandatory opthamologist but no mandatory AED’s? Honestly, now! Compare the cost of a $1,000-5,000 life-saving machine to hiring an opthamologist for every game in the season… Eye injuries are serious things and must be treated that way, but I have not heard of any fatalities from a stick in the eye. However, there was this talented young Russian kid named Alexei Cherepanov…

    Comment by not enough 10.23.08 @ 3:55 pm

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