Two years ago today the world lost a promising young hockey player and a vibrant and caring human being.
Alexei Cherepanov’s former team, Avangard Omsk, arrived in Ufa this morning for tomorrow’s contest against perennial powerhouse Salavat Yulaev, with whom they’re currently tied in the KHL standings. Rather than proceed to the rink to prepare, the entire team traveled to a local church, where they lit candles and took a moment to remember their fallen teammate.
Jaromir Jagr, one of a handful of players who remains with the squad who was on the bench on that fateful day, and who had developed a close relationship with his young protégé, was the last to leave…
Rest in Peace, Alexei.
For those who wish to take a moment to remember Cherepanov, here are some of the stories that were posted here on the day he died and in the days, weeks and months that followed:
The Siberian Express 1989-2008 – A translation of Cherepanov’s first and last post in a blog he had started writing for Komsomolskaya Pravda, which was posted on the morning of his death.
A Reporter’s View of Events – A translation of a Sovietsky Sport reporter’s account from the arena on the night of October 13, 2008.
Tears… – A translation of Championat.ru’s account of Cherepanov’s funeral service.
Reaction, Remembrance and Response – A round-up of the events that transpired in the week following his death, and reaction from those who knew him.
Avangard Omsk Earn a Solemn Victory – Avangard returns to the ice a little over a week after Cherepanov’s death and his number “7″ is raised to the rafters of Omsk Arena.
A Candid Conversation About Life and Death with Jaromir Jagr – A translation of Jaromir Jagr’s first in-depth interview following his teammate Cherepanov’s death.
Monument to Cherepanov unveiled in Omsk – A life-size bronze monument is unveiled to mark the final resting place of a the city’s fallen son.
Remembering Alexei Cherepanov one year after his death – A look at a mother’s fight for justice, and the good works that have come out of her tragic loss.
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