- List of ice hockey players who died during their playing career
This is a list of ice hockey players who died during their playing careers.
Age Player Nationality Date of death Cause of death Notes 28 Fred Higginbotham Canada September 1896 horse riding accident Member of the Winnipeg Victorias; won Stanley Cup in February 1896 in a challenge match against the Montreal Victorias. 24 James A. McGee Canada May 15, 1904 horseback riding accident Member of the Ottawa Silver Seven, captain of the Ottawa Rough Riders; brother of Frank McGee. 22 Owen McCourt Canada March 7, 1907 On-ice head injury Murder charges were laid against other players in game in Cornwall, Ontario. There were no convictions. 28 Hod Stuart Canada June 23, 1907 diving accident Member of Montreal Wanderers, Stanley Cup champion in 1906 and 1907. All-star benefit game held for family. Member of the Hockey Hall of Fame. 29 Edgar Dey Canada February 13, 1912 on-ice injury/chest Stanley Cup winner with Ottawa Senators in 1909. 24 Allan Davidson Canada June 16, 1915 World War I casualty Played professionally for Toronto Blueshirts. Stanley Cup winner in 1914. Member of the Hockey Hall of Fame. 23 Del Irvine Canada April 13, 1916 pneumonia Played professionally for Portland Rosebuds. PCHA champion in 1916. 32 Hamby Shore Canada October 13, 1918 influenza Played nine seasons for the Ottawa Senators. 26 Hobey Baker United States December 21, 1918 aviation accident Only member of both the College Football Hall of Fame and Hockey Hall of Fame, annual award to top male player in U.S. collegiate hockey named in his honour. 36 Joe Hall Canada April 5, 1919 influenza Member of Montreal Canadiens and former long-time member of Quebec Bulldogs. Led NHL in penalty minutes in both seasons played. Had played professionally since 1906. Died during 1919 Stanley Cup Finals. Member of the Hockey Hall of Fame. 33 Jack Darragh Canada June 24, 1924 peritonitis Had played professionally since 1910 for the Ottawa Senators of the NHA and NHL, winning four Stanley Cups. Member of the Hockey Hall of Fame. 39 Georges Vézina Canada March 27, 1926 tuberculosis Played sixteen seasons with the Montreal Canadiens from 1910–11 to 1925–26 winning two Stanley Cups; The National Hockey League has awarded the Vezina Trophy annually since his death; member of the Hockey Hall of Fame. On November 29, 1925, the home opener of the 1925–26 season, Vezina ran a temperature of 105 degrees. He started the first period, and, in the second, he collapsed in the crease. After this game, he was forced to retire from the NHL. 25 George Horne Canada July 31, 1929 drowning Played three seasons in the NHL From 1925 to 1929 with the Montreal Maroons and Toronto Maple Leafs. Stanley Cup champion in 1926.
Age Player Nationality Date of death Cause of death Notes 26 Bobby Connors United Kingdom July 27, 1931 broken neck Played three seasons and 78 games in the NHL from 1926 to 1929–30 for the New York Americans and Detroit Cougars. 29 Charlie Gardiner Canada June 13, 1934 brain hemorrhage Goaltender for the Chicago Black Hawks for seven seasons from 1926–27 until 1933–34, the year they won the Stanley Cup; Gardiner was a multiple award winner, winning the Vezina Trophy twice, and is a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame. 24 Jack "Newsy" Leswick Canada August 7, 1934 drowning Played 37 games for the Chicago Black Hawks in 1933–34. Found in a lake with no money, valuables, or car. Stanley Cup Champion in 1934. 30 Earl Miller Canada June 20, 1936 unknown Played five seasons and 109 games for the Chicago Black Hawks and Toronto Maple Leafs from 1927–28 to 1931–32. Stanley Cup champion in 1932. 34 Howie Morenz Canada March 8, 1937 complications from leg injury Played 14 seasons and 550 games in the National Hockey League, most notably with the Montreal Canadiens, from 1923–24 to 1936–37; Generally regarded the best player of his era, he won two scoring championships, three Hart Trophies and three Stanley Cups; The Canadiens retired his number 7; member of the Hockey Hall of Fame. 24 Russell McConnell Canada September 7, 1942 World War II casualty Played four championship seasons with McGill University; most valuable player of Quebec Senior Hockey League in 1938–39. Turned down pro offers from New York Rangers to serve in Royal Canadian Navy. 30 Don Deacon Canada December 25, 1943 fall from balcony Played three seasons and 30 games for the Detroit Red Wings from 1936 to 1940. 20 Red Garrett Canada November 25, 1944 World War II casualty Played 23 games for the New York Rangers in 1942–43; Dudley "Red" Garrett Memorial Award is awarded annually by AHL to top rookie. 25 Joe Turner Canada January 12, 1945 World War II casualty Played one game in the NHL for the Detroit Red Wings as a goaltender, a 3–3 tie; the now-defunct IHL awarded the Turner Cup in his memory annually to the league champion. 23 Harijs Mellups Soviet Union January 5, 1950 plane crash Mellups was the starting goaltender of the first-ever Soviet national team game. Played several seasons in the Soviet league for VVS Moscow. 24 Ivan Novikov Soviet Union January 5, 1950 plane crash 1947 Soviet Championship Bronze medal winner. 1948 Soviet Championship Silver medal winner. 30 Boris Bocharnikov Soviet Union January 5, 1950 plane crash 1947 Soviet Championship Gold medal winner. 1948 Soviet Championship Bronze medal winner. 31 Zdenek Zigmund Soviet Union January 5, 1950 plane crash 1947 Soviet Championship Bronze medal winner. 1948 Soviet Championship Silver medal winner. 27 Yuri Tarasov Soviet Union January 5, 1950 plane crash Brother of Hall of Famer Anatoli Tarasov. Roberts Šūlmanis Soviet Union January 5, 1950 plane crash Vasily Volodin Soviet Union January 5, 1950 plane crash Eugeny Voronin Soviet Union January 5, 1950 plane crash Yuri Zhiburtovich Soviet Union January 5, 1950 plane crash Victor Isaev Soviet Union January 5, 1950 plane crash Alexander Moiseev Soviet Union January 5, 1950 plane crash 24 Bill Barilko Canada August 26, 1951 aviation accident His plane crashed in 1951 but investigators did not find the crash until 1962. Played five seasons and won 4 Stanley Cups with the Toronto Maple Leafs from 1947 to 1951, and scored the legendary Cup-winning goal in overtime of game 5 in the 1951 Finals; the Leafs retired his number 5. Inspired the song "Fifty Mission Cap" by The Tragically Hip. 26 Ross Lowe Canada August 8, 1955 drowning Played three seasons and 77 games in the NHL from 1949 to 1952 for the Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens; Les Cunningham Award recipient as AHL MVP for his performance during 1954–55, his last season. 29 Murray Balfour Canada May 30, 1965 lung cancer Played eight seasons and 306 games in the National Hockey League from 1956–57 to 1964–65 winning a Stanley Cup with the Chicago Black Hawks in 1961; he also played for the Montreal Canadiens and Boston Bruins. 22 Jarmo Wasama Finland February 2, 1966 car accident Five-time all-star defenseman in SM-sarja. In 1995, the trophy of top rookie of SM-liiga was renamed Jarmo Wasama memorial trophy. 22 Butch Paul Canada March 25, 1966 car accident Played three games for the Detroit Red Wings in 1964–65. 29 Bill Masterton Canada January 15, 1968 on-ice head injury Played 30 games in the 1967–68 NHL season with the Minnesota North Stars and is the only player in NHL history to be killed as a direct result of an on-ice incident; the NHL annually awards the Bill Masterton Trophy in his honour, and the North Stars retired his number 19. 22 Viktor Blinov Soviet Union July 9, 1968 heart failure Defenceman who played for Spartak Moscow. Champion of USSR (1967), European champion (1968), World champion (1968), champion of Olympic games (1968).Died during training. 29 Wayne Larkin Canada September 13, 1968 Massive coronary thrombosis Played eight seasons in American Hockey League. Died on the ice during the first practice of the New York Rangers training camp, held in Kitchener, Ontario. Won 1959 Memorial Cup with Winnipeg Braves.
Age Player Nationality Date of death Cause of death Notes 40 Terry Sawchuk Canada May 31, 1970 injuries suffered in an off-ice shoving incident Played 21 seasons and 972 games in the National Hockey League from 1949–50 to 1969–70; 14 of those seasons played with the Detroit Red Wings who retired his number 1; set numerous NHL goalie records and won numerous NHL awards; considered by many to be one of the greatest goalies of all time; member of the Hockey Hall of Fame. 21 Michel Brière Canada April 13, 1971 coma caused by a car accident Pittsburgh Penguins rookie played 76 games in 1969–70; the Penguins retired his number 21; the Michel Briere Memorial Trophy is awarded annually by the QMJHL to the league MVP. 19 Konstantin Klimov Soviet Union 1971 Unknown
Forward. Played for the national Soviet junior team and HC Spartak Moscow. Champion of USSR (1969), winner of the USSR Cup (1970,1971), winner of the European Junior Championship (1970).
19 Jim Mahon Canada 1971 accidental electrocution Former right winger for the Peterborough Petes. The OHL's Jim Mahon Memorial Trophy is named in his honour. 19 Paul Fendley Canada May 8, 1972 on-ice head injury Top NHL Prospect, led SOJAHL's Guelph CMC's to 1972 Centennial Cup and died as a result of hitting his head on the ice in final period of the deciding game.   28 Lennart Svedberg Sweden July 29, 1972 car accident Represented Sweden in the 1968 Winter Olympics and six IIHF World Championships; in the 1970 World Championships he was named top defenceman 44 Tim Horton Canada February 21, 1974 car accident Played 24 seasons and 1,446 games in the National Hockey League from 1949–50 to 1973–74, playing 20 seasons and 1,185 games for the Toronto Maple Leafs; named to the NHL First & Second All-Star Teams three times each; member of the Hockey Hall of Fame. Also founder of the Tim Hortons restaurant chain. 29 Wayne Maki Canada May 12, 1974 brain cancer Played six seasons and 246 games in the National Hockey League, for the Chicago Black Hawks, St. Louis Blues and Vancouver Canucks. 22 Mikhail Kovalev Soviet Union 1975 Unknown
Defenseman. Played for the national Soviet junior team and HC CSKA Moscow. Winner of the European Junior Championship (1973).
24 Bob Gassoff Canada May 27, 1977 motorcycle accident Played four seasons and 245 games for the St. Louis Blues from 1973 to 1977; the Blues retired his number 3. 30 Veikko Suominen Finland December 21, 1978 suicide Played 331 SM-sarja games for Kiekko-67, Upon Pallo and Ilves. Won one SM-sarja Championship with Ilves in 1972 and played 8 games for Finnish National team. 27 Scott Garland Canada June 9, 1979 car accident Played three seasons and 91 games in the NHL from 1975 to 1979 for the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Los Angeles Kings. 24 Alexander Najdenov Soviet Union 1979 murdered, smothering
Forward. Played for HC Spartak Moscow. His murderer was never found.
26 Don Ashby Canada May 30, 1981 car accident Played six seasons in the NHL for the Toronto Maple Leafs, Colorado Rockies, and Edmonton Oilers from 1975 to 1981 33 Valeri Kharlamov Soviet Union August 27, 1981 car accident Played in three Olympics, 11 IIHF World Championships and the 1972 Summit Series. Member of the Hockey Hall of Fame. 18 Bruce Melanson Canada January 4, 1985 heart failure caused by Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome Played for the OHL's Oshawa Generals. Chosen 41st overall at the 1984 NHL Entry Draft by the New York Islanders. 17 Anatoli Fetisov Soviet Union June 1985 car accident Fetisov was a sure bet to play with the Soviet Union at the 1986 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships in Hamilton and a strong candidate for selection in the 1986 NHL Entry Draft; his older brother, former NHLer Viacheslav Fetisov, was the driver in the accident. 26 Pelle Lindbergh Sweden November 11, 1985 car accident Philadelphia Flyers goalie played five seasons from 1981 until his death in 1985; Vezina Trophy recipient for 1984–85 NHL season; the Flyers created the Pelle Lindbergh Memorial and award it annually to the team's most improved player. 18 George Pelawa United States August 30, 1986 car accident Played for Bemidji High School, was the Calgary Flames' first-round pick (16th overall) in the 1986 NHL Entry Draft. Was named Minnesota Mr. Hockey in 1986 as the top high-school player in the state. 20 Trent Kresse Canada December 30, 1986 team bus accident Killed when Swift Current Broncos team bus crashed on the way to a WHL game in Regina. The league awards the Four Broncos Memorial Trophy to its player of the year, partially in his honour. 19 Scott Kruger Canada December 30, 1986 team bus accident Killed when Swift Current Broncos team bus crashed on the way to a WHL game in Regina. The league awards the Four Broncos Memorial Trophy to its player of the year, partially in his honour. 20 Chris Mantyka Canada December 30, 1986 team bus accident Killed when Swift Current Broncos team bus crashed on the way to a WHL game in Regina. The league awards the Four Broncos Memorial Trophy to its player of the year, partially in his honour. 16 Brent Ruff Canada December 30, 1986 team bus accident Killed when Swift Current Broncos team bus crashed on the way to a WHL game in Regina. The league awards the Four Broncos Memorial Trophy to its player of the year, partially in his honour. Brother of Lindy Ruff. 27 Andrew Zemko Soviet Union July 1988 unknown, supposedly heart attack Defenseman, played for Torpedo Togliatti (today club known as HC Lada Togliatti, KHL, Russia) during 1985–1988. Died during cross-country in training camp. 19 Neil Carnes Canada July 30, 1989 motorcycle accident Neil Carnes played three seasons in the QMJHL (1986–87 to 1988–89). In his third year, he was traded from the Verdun Junior Canadiens to the Laval Titan where he won the President's Cup.Drafted in the 3rd round (46th overall) by the Montreal Canadiens in the 1988 NHL entry draft, Carnes never got the chance to play in the NHL. He died in a tragic motorcycle accident in Plymouth, Michigan shortly after the 1989 Memorial Cup Tournament. Neil scored 79 goals and had 145 assists for a total of 224 points in 164 career QMJHL games. He was 19 years old at the time of his death. 23 Duncan MacPherson Canada August 9, 1989 suffocated in snow Drafted 20th overall in the 1984 NHL Entry Draft by the New York Islanders. Frozen body found in 2003.
Age Player Nationality Date of death Cause of death Notes 18 Kirill Tarasov Soviet Union 1990 car accident A candidate for the Soviet Nation Junior team; Vyacheslav Kozlov, then the top junior player in the country who would go on to play 18 years in the NHL, was seriously injured in the same accident. 26 Luděk Čajka Czechoslovakia February 14, 1990 on-ice spinal injury Played in the Czechoslovak Extraliga. Chosen 115th overall in the 1987 NHL Entry Draft by the New York Rangers. His death led to installation of no-touch icing in Europe. 19 Artem Kopot Russia July 24, 1992 car accident A promising defenseman with the world champion Commonwealth of Independent States national junior team and Drafted sixth round of the 1992 NHL Entry Draft by the Pittsburgh Penguins, Kopot was involved in a fatal one-car accident in his hometown one day prior to his twentieth birthday. 19 Miran Schrott Italy January 14, 1992 died on the ice after being slashed in the chest by an opposing player, stopping his heart. Played for HC Gardena in Italy's Serie B league. Jimmy Boni, the player who slashed him, was charged with culpable homicide in his death but later pled guilty to manslaughter. 30 Roger Hägglund Sweden June 6, 1992 car accident Played three games for the Quebec Nordiques in 1984–85. 27 John Kordic Canada August 8, 1992 drug overdose Played 7 seasons and 244 games in the NHL from 1985 to 1992, most notably with the Montreal Canadiens and Toronto Maple Leafs. Won Stanley Cup in 1986 with Montreal. 25 Mike Colman United States April 5, 1994 car accident Played fifteen games for the San Jose Sharks in 1991–92. 29 Peter Karlsson Sweden March 11, 1995 stabbed to death Played in the SEL for Västerås IK. 28 Bengt Åkerblom Sweden October 15, 1995 on-ice neck and throat injuries Played 53 SEL games for Djurgårdens IF and five seasons for Mora IK in the second-level league before the accident, which occurred during an exhibition game. 25 Michel Breistroff France July 17, 1996 aviation accident
(TWA Flight 800)
Played in French national team in 1996 Men's World Ice Hockey Championships. Played NCAA Division I hockey for Harvard University. 25 Jeff Batters Canada August 23, 1996 car accident Played two seasons and sixteen games for the St. Louis Blues from 1993 to 1995. 24 Yanick Dupré Canada August 16, 1997 leukemia Played three seasons and 35 games for the Philadelphia Flyers from 1991 to 1996, the Yanick Dupre Memorial is awarded annually by the Flyers organization. 20 Graham Christie Canada November 1997 died after being struck in the chest by a puck during a game Played in the SJHL at the time of his death. The PJHL Rookie of the Year trophy is named in his honour. 29 Stéphane Morin Canada October 6, 1998 heart attack Played five seasons and 90 games in the National Hockey League for the Quebec Nordiques and Vancouver Canucks; he was awarded the Leo P. Lamoureux Memorial Trophy as the IHL's leading scorer in 1995. 29 Chad Silver Canada
December 3, 1998 heart attack Played nine seasons and 374 games in the National League A mostly for the HC Fribourg-Gotteron and ZSC Lions Zurich. 32 Steve Chiasson Canada May 3, 1999 car accident Played thirteen seasons and 751 games in the National Hockey League for the Detroit Red Wings, Calgary Flames, Hartford Whalers and Carolina Hurricanes from 1986–87 to 1998–99. 22 Dmitri Tertyshny Russia July 23, 1999 slashed jugular vein in boat accident Played 62 games for the Philadelphia Flyers in 1998–99.
Age Player Nationality Date of death Cause of death Notes 32 Viacheslav Bezukladnikov Russia July 10, 2001 liver cirrhosis Master of Sports, forward. Champion of Russia (1994, 1996), silver medalist of Russian championships (1993, 1995, 1997), winner of the European Cup (1997). Played for "Avtomobilist" Sverdlovsk, "SKA" Sverdlovsk, HC Lada Togliatti and the Russian national team. One of the annual Russian ice hockey tournaments for children named in his honour. Only 11-year-old players can participate in this tournament because Bezukladnikov played with this jersey number. 22 Zoltan Batovsky Slovakia August 8, 2001 car accident Played for the Kentucky Thoroughblades (AHL). Won a bronze medal at the 1999 World Junior Championships in Winnipeg, Slovakia's first IIHF medal as an independent nation. Played in the QMJHL for the Drummondville Voltigeurs. 22 Terence Tootoo Canada August 26, 2002 suicide Played for the Roanoke Express (ECHL) and OCN Blizzard (MJHL). Brother of NHLer Jordin Tootoo. 24 Roman Lyashenko Russia July 5, 2003 suicide by hanging Played four seasons in the NHL for the Dallas Stars and New York Rangers from 1999 to 2003. 23 Trevor Ettinger Canada July 26, 2003 suicide Chosen 159th overall at the 1998 NHL Entry Draft by the Edmonton Oilers. Was playing for the AHL's Syracuse Crunch at the time of his death. 25 Dan Snyder Canada October 5, 2003 car accident Played three seasons and 49 games for the Atlanta Thrashers from 2000 to 2003; the OHL renamed its Humanitarian of the Year award to the Dan Snyder Memorial Trophy in Snyder's honour; Dany Heatley was the driver in the accident. 31 Sergei Zholtok Latvia November 3, 2004 hypertrophic cardiomyopathy Played ten seasons and 588 games in the National Hockey League for six teams from 1992–93 to 2003–04. 18 Jaxon Logan USA January 21, 2005 on-ice accident Played for Brigham Young University men's ice hockey. Was hit by a puck which stopped his heart. 28 Jonathan Delisle Canada March 16, 2006 car accident Drafted and played one game with Montreal Canadiens. Delisle died in an auto accident in March 2006 as a member of the Saint-Georges CRS Express. In his honor, the Delisle Trophy has been named in his honor and is awarded to the LNAH player who "best exemplifies leadership in the regular season." 21 Stefan Blaho Slovakia August 30, 2006 car accident Drafted 120th overall in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft by the New York Islanders. Played for the Sudbury Wolves and the Sarnia Sting of the OHL. 22 Alexei Savin Belarus June 18, 2007 car accident Played for the Belarusian national team. 30 Martin Čech Czech Republic September 6, 2007 car accident Played in the Czech Extraliga. 26 Darcy Robinson Canada September 27, 2007 heart attack Played for Associazione Sportiva Asiago Hockey. His former team, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, dedicated their Robo's Readers program in his memory. 19 Mickey Renaud Canada February 18, 2008 hypertrophic cardiomyopathy Captain of the Windsor Spitfires in the OHL; chosen in the 5th round of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft by the Calgary Flames. 21 Luc Bourdon Canada May 29, 2008 motorcycle accident Drafted 10th overall in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft by the Vancouver Canucks; played 36 games in the NHL from 2006–2008. 20 KJ Ramolla Canada June 28, 2008 car accident Played for the Newmarket Hurricanes of the OPJHL. Chosen in the fifth round of the 2004 OHL Priority Selection by the Kingston Frontenacs. 21 Igor Antosik Russia July 25, 2008 Unknown Central forward. Played for Russian national junior team, Dynamo Moscow (KHL, Russia) and Atlant Mytishchi (KHL, Russia) farm clubs. Died during cross-country in training camp. 18 Domagoj Kapec Croatia September 12, 2008 car accident Played for KHL Zagreb in his homeland. Represented Croatia at two IIHF World Junior Hockey Championships. 19 Alexei Cherepanov Russia October 13, 2008 Myocarditis Drafted 17th overall in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft by the New York Rangers. In 2008 played for Omsk Avangard (KHL, Russia). Omsk retired his number seven. KHL award to top rookie of the year named in his honour. 21 Don Sanderson Canada January 2, 2009 on-ice head injury Played for the Whitby Dunlops of the Ontario Hockey Association. Struck head on ice during fight on December 12, 2008 and died three weeks later. Drafted by the Kitchener Rangers of the OHL in 2003. 34 Gábor Ocskay Hungary March 24, 2009 heart attack Played professionally for Alba Volán Székesfehérvár in Hungary. Was selected as best player in the league three times, and won scoring title three times. Scored 115 points in 187 games for the Hungarian national team. 21 Kiril Vajarov Bulgaria April 18, 2009 stabbing Goaltender who played for Slavia Sofia in Bulgaria. Was a member of Bulgarian national team for two World Championships. 28 Robert Müller Germany May 21, 2009 brain cancer Goaltender. Was drafted by the Washington Capitals in 2001. Champion of Germany in 2002–03 and 2006–07 seasons. Was a member of German national team. Played 127 games for his national team, participated in eight IIHF World Championships and two Winter Olympics in 2002 and 2006. Inducted into the German Ice Hockey Hall of Fame in March 2009. Kölner Haie retired his number 80. 18 Alexei Kuchin Russia September 26, 2009 car accident Forward. Played for HC Krilya Sovetov (MHL, Russia).
Age Player Nationality Date of death Cause of death Notes 22 Matt Cook Canada April 4, 2010 bone cancer Won a bronze medal at the 2009 IPC Ice Sledge Hockey World Championships playing for Canada. 23 Igor Misko Russia July 6, 2010 cardiac arrest while driving Played for SKA St. Petersburg of the Kontinental Hockey League. Died after having cardiac arrest while driving car in Kolpino region of St. Petersburg. 20 Ben Pearson Canada October 2, 2010 urea cycle disorder Played for Norwich Merchants, a junior C hockey team in Ontario. Also played for the OHL's Kingston Frontenacs and the Junior B Cambridge Winterhawks. His #7 jersey has been retired by the Merchants. 19 Markus Wächter Germany November 3, 2010 heart attack Played for ESV Kaufbeuren (Germany). Died in hospital after collapsing following a bodycheck in national junior league game. It was later announced that Markus suffered from a heart illness. 28 Tom Cavanagh United States January 7, 2011 suicide Played for the San Jose Sharks and the Springfield Falcons (AHL). Diagnosed with schizophrenia; found dead in the Providence Mall parking garage after jumping to his death. 23 Mandi Schwartz Canada April 3, 2011 acute myeloid leukemia Played for Yale University Bulldogs. Her younger brother Jaden was a St. Louis Blues first-round draft pick. 28 Derek Boogaard Canada May 13, 2011 accidental mixture of alcohol and oxycodone toxicity Played six seasons and 277 games in the NHL, five with the Minnesota Wild and one with the New York Rangers, between 2005 and 2011. 27 Rick Rypien Canada August 15, 2011 suicide Played 119 NHL games between 2005 and 2011. Rypien is also the cousin of former NFL quarterback Mark Rypien, Super Bowl XXVI MVP 36 Pavol Demitra Slovakia September 7, 2011 plane crash Played 847 NHL games between 1993 and 2010. He won the Lady Byng Trophy for sportsmanship in 2000. In 2003 he won a Bronze Medal playing for Slovakia in the World Championships. Slovakia men's national ice hockey team retired his number 38.  30 Josef Vašíček Czech Republic September 7, 2011 plane crash He was drafted 91st overall by the Carolina Hurricanes in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft and played 460 games in the NHL as well as 166 in the KHL. He was on the Carolina team that won the Stanley Cup in 2006. 2005 IIHF World Championship Gold Medal winner. Czech Republic men's national ice hockey team retired his number 63.  32 Karel Rachůnek Czech Republic September 7, 2011 plane crash Won a Gold Medal in 2010 and a Bronze Medal in 2011 playing for the Czech Republic in the World Championships. He played 371 games in the NHL and 152 games in the KHL in his career. Czech Republic men's national ice hockey team retired his number 4.  31 Jan Marek Czech Republic September 7, 2011 plane crash Drafted by the New York Rangers in the 8th round (243rd overall) of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft. Led the KHL in goals scored in the 2008–09 season with 35. Played 541 games professionally in the KHL and in the Czech Extraliga. 2010 IIHF World Championship Gold Medal winner. Czech Republic men's national ice hockey team retired his number 15.  30 Stefan Liv Sweden September 7, 2011 plane crash Playing for Sweden he won Gold Medals at the 2006 World Championships and the 2006 Winter Olympics, a Silver Medal at the 2004 World Championships, and Bronze Medals at the 2002 and 2009 World Championships. He played 308 games in the Swedish Elite League. 37 Kārlis Skrastiņš Latvia September 7, 2011 plane crash Played 832 games in the NHL. He also played on Latvian national teams in the 2002, 2006, and 2010 Olympic Games and ten different World Championships between 1993 and 2009. Nicknamed as "Iron Man" because of his streak of 495 consecutive appearances in the NHL regular games. 36 Ruslan Salei Belarus September 7, 2011 plane crash He was the first Belarusian first round pick in the NHL,when Anaheim Mighty Ducks drafted him 9th overall on 1996. Played 917 games in the NHL over 14 years. He also played on Belarusian national teams in the 1998, 2002, and 2010 Olympic Games and nine different World Championships between 1994 and 2010. 24 Vitali Anikienko Russia Ukraine September 7, 2011 plane crash
Drafted 70th overall in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft by the Ottawa Senators. Played 235 regular games for Lokomotiv Yaroslavl (KHL) scoring 67 (19+48) points. 2003 IIHF World U18 Championship Bronze Medal winner. 2007 World Junior Championship Silver Medal winner.
31 Mikhail Balandin Russia September 7, 2011 plane crash Played 158 regular games in the KHL. 2000 World U20 Championship Silver Medal winner. 24 Gennady Churilov Russia September 7, 2011 plane crash Played 302 regular games in Russian Super League and KHL and 9 games for the Russian National team in the 2010–11 Euro Hockey Tour. 2007 World Junior Championship Silver Medal winner. 25 Robert Dietrich Germany September 7, 2011 plane crash Member of the German National team in 2007, 2010 and 2011 IIHF World Championships. 23 Marat Kalimulin Russia September 7, 2011 plane crash Played 102 regular games in the KHL. 2008 IIHF World U20 Championship Bronze Medal winner. 23 Alexander Kalyanin Russia September 7, 2011 plane crash Played 94 regular games in the KHL and 6 games for the Russian National team in the 2010–11 Euro Hockey Tour. 24 Andrei Kiryukhin Russia September 7, 2011 plane crash Played 107 regular games in the KHL. 2007 IIHF World U20 Championship Silver Medal winner. 21 Nikita Klyukin Russia September 7, 2011 plane crash Played 104 regular games in the KHL for Lokomotiv Yaroslavl. 2007 World U18 Championship Gold Medal winner. 2009 World U20 Championship Bronze Medal winner. 21 Sergei Ostapchuk Belarus September 7, 2011 plane crash Played 36 regular games in the KHL for Lokomotiv Yaroslavl. 18 Maxim Shuvalov Russia September 7, 2011 plane crash 2011 World U18 Championship Bronze Medal winner. Played 51 regular games in the MHL for Loko Yaroslavl. 19 Pavel Snurnitsyn Russia September 7, 2011 plane crash Played 115 regular games in the MHL for Loko Yaroslavl. 20 Daniil Sobchenko Ukraine Russia September 7, 2011 plane crash Played 51 regular games in the KHL for Lokomotiv Yaroslavl. 2011 World Junior Championship Gold Medal winner. 31 Ivan Tkachenko Russia September 7, 2011 plane crash Was selected by the Columbus Blue Jackets in the 4th round (98th overall) of the 2002 NHL Entry Draft. Played 553 regular games in Russian Super League and KHL. Winner of 2002 and 2003 Russian Superleague championships. 2002 IIHF World Championship Silver Medal winner. 33 Pavel Trakhanov Russia September 7, 2011 plane crash Played 589 regular games in Russian Super League and KHL. 20 Yuri Urychev Russia September 7, 2011 plane crash Played 23 regular games in the KHL for Lokomotiv Yaroslavl. 2011 World Junior Championship Gold Medal winner. 23 Alexander Vasyunov Russia September 7, 2011 plane crash Forward. Drafted 58th overall in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft by the New Jersey Devils. Played 18 NHL regular games scoring 5 (1+4) points and 187 AHL games scoring 91 (39+52) points. 2007 IIHF World U20 Championship Silver Medal winner. 38 Alexander Vyukhin Ukraine Russia September 7, 2011 plane crash Goaltender. Played 647 regular games in Russian Super League and KHL. Winner of 2003–04 Russian Superleague championship. 21 Artem Yarchuk Russia September 7, 2011 plane crash 2008 World U18 Championship Silver Medal winner. 26 Alexander Galimov Russia September 12, 2011 plane crash Member of the silver-medal winning Russian U20 team at the 2005 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships
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