Monument to Cherepanov unveiled in Omsk
Wednesday September 02nd 2009, 11:33 pm


A permanent memorial marking the final resting place of former New York Rangers prospect Alexei Cherepanov was unveiled in Omsk on Wednesday during a somber ceremony attended by Cherepanov’s parents, his Avangard Omsk teammates, club officials, junior team members, friends and fans. (Photos)

The life-size monument, which stands three meters tall, is cast in bronze with a granite and marble base.  It replaces a wooden cross which had marked his grave since he was buried last October.

The design for the sculpture, which depicts the young hockey player in full equipment with his stick raised as if he’d just scored a goal, was based on a sketch by Denis Speransky, who submitted the drawing as part of a competition held earlier this year. It was built by well known Moscow sculptors Vadim and Stanislav Kirillov and weighs in at 350 kg (772 pounds).

The following inscription is etched into the base:

Our memory of you
Is everlasting
We will not forget you
All your words will be
Many lives are nothing
Without you.

The investigation into Cherepanov’s October 13, 2008 death was reopened last month at his mother’s behest.

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