Draft Pick's Sudden Death Stuns Rangers
19-year-old collapses on bench during game in Russia
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 14, 2008 4:15 AM CDT
Alexei Cherepanov of Avangard Omsk, left, is seen during an attack against Oleg Saprykin, right, of CSKA Moscow, last week.    (AP Photo/Alexander Wilf, Sport Express)
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(Newser) – A promising New York Rangers prospect collapsed and died during a hockey game in Russia last night, AP reports. First-round draft pick Alexei Cherepanov, 19, collapsed from an apparent heart attack on the bench after playing most of the game and could not be revived. The Rangers held a moment of silence for the Russian player before last night's game against the Devils.