Avangard Omsk lost to Novosibirsk Sibir on Thursday, an empty-netter capping off the scoring at 4-1. Jaromir Jagr was held scorless despite a strong performance.
Off the ice, Avangard president Konstantin Potapov contradicted comments made to ESPN by NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly, in which Daly claimed that multiple requests for parental authorization to release Alexei Cherepanov’s medical records had been “ignored”. According to Potapov, the first contact the club or the family had received on the matter came only on Monday. “The request addressed to the Cherepanov family only came to the club on Monday morning,” Potapov told Soviet Sport. “We tried as quickly as possible to prepare Alexei’s father’s response with consent for disclosure of the results of the medical examination, had it certified by a notary public and last night [Tuesday] sent the letter to the NHL. Before Monday, no documents were received from overseas!”
It’s hard to believe a month has passed since Cherepanov collapsed and died in the Moscow suburb of Chekhov. Harder still to believe that the KHL and NHL can’t put aside their differences long enough to work together efficiently — and without posturing and finger-pointing — on this one particular issue.
The report on the investigation into Cherepanov’s death was originally scheduled for Friday. There’s been no indication to suggest the delay in getting Cherepanov’s medical records from North America would change that.
During the recent break in the KHL schedule, all players age 19 and younger were required to report to the Roszdrava Medical-Rehabilitation Center in Moscow, where they underwent comprehensive medical examinations said to be similar to those a Russian cosmonaut would be subjected to. As reported in the North American press, after the first three days of testing, 5 out of the 49 players examined were found to have heart problems. But, the director of the sports rehabilitation department at the center, Vladimir Preobrazhensky, explained that none of the issues detected up to that point were expected to be prevent the players from continuing their careers.
“We have examined 49 people,” Preobrazhensky explained to Soviet Sport. “A catastrophic pathology was not detected in any of them. Five have problems with their heart, but they can be resolved. Some of the boys have to undergo treatment, some have to pass a deeper and more prolonged examination.” But Preobrazhensky emphasized that none of the issues were considered career-threatening. “I repeat, there were no abnormalities which would cause the hockey players to end their career.”
The full report on the results for all 67 players who were tested is also expected on Friday.
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