List of ice hockey players who died during their playing career


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.

Contents

Player deaths

Before 1930

Age Player Nationality Date of death Cause of death Notes
28 Higginbotham, FredFred Higginbotham  Canada 01896-09 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 McGee, James A.James A. McGee[1]  Canada 01904-05-15 May 15, 1904 horseback riding accident Member of the Ottawa Silver Seven, captain of the Ottawa Rough Riders; brother of Frank McGee.
22 McCourt, OwenOwen McCourt  Canada 01907-03-07 March 7, 1907 On-ice head injury Murder charges were laid against other players in game in Cornwall, Ontario. There were no convictions.
28 Stuart, HodHod Stuart  Canada 01907-06-23 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 Dey, EdgarEdgar Dey  Canada 01912-02-13 February 13, 1912 on-ice injury/chest Stanley Cup winner with Ottawa Senators in 1909.
24 Davidson, AllanAllan Davidson  Canada 01915-06-16 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 Irvine, DelDel Irvine[2]  Canada 01916-04-13 April 13, 1916 pneumonia Played professionally for Portland Rosebuds. PCHA champion in 1916.
32 Shore, HambyHamby Shore  Canada 01918-10-13 October 13, 1918 influenza Played nine seasons for the Ottawa Senators.
26 Baker, HobeyHobey Baker  United States 01918-12-21 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 Hall, JoeJoe Hall  Canada 01919-04-05 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 Darragh, JackJack Darragh  Canada 01924-06-24 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 Vezina, GeorgesGeorges Vézina  Canada 01926-03-27 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 Horne, GeorgeGeorge Horne  Canada 01929-07-31 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.

1930–1969

Age Player Nationality Date of death Cause of death Notes
26 Connors, BobbyBobby Connors  United Kingdom 01931-07-27 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 Gardiner, CharlieCharlie Gardiner  Canada 01934-06-13 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 Leswick, Jack "Newsy"Jack "Newsy" Leswick  Canada 01934-08-07 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 Miller, EarlEarl Miller  Canada 01936-06-20 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 Morenz, HowieHowie Morenz  Canada 01937-03-08 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 McConnell, RussellRussell McConnell  Canada 01942-09-07 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 Deacon, DonDon Deacon  Canada 01943-12-25 December 25, 1943 fall from balcony Played three seasons and 30 games for the Detroit Red Wings from 1936 to 1940.
20 Garrett, RedRed Garrett  Canada 01944-11-25 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 Turner, JoeJoe Turner  Canada 01945-01-12 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 Mellups, HarijsHarijs Mellups  Soviet Union 01950-01-05 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 Novikov, IvanIvan Novikov  Soviet Union 01950-01-05 January 5, 1950 plane crash 1947 Soviet Championship Bronze medal winner. 1948 Soviet Championship Silver medal winner.
30 Bocharnikov, BorisBoris Bocharnikov  Soviet Union 01950-01-05 January 5, 1950 plane crash 1947 Soviet Championship Gold medal winner. 1948 Soviet Championship Bronze medal winner.
31 Zigmund, ZdenekZdenek Zigmund  Soviet Union 01950-01-05 January 5, 1950 plane crash 1947 Soviet Championship Bronze medal winner. 1948 Soviet Championship Silver medal winner.
27 Tarasov, YuriYuri Tarasov  Soviet Union 01950-01-05 January 5, 1950 plane crash Brother of Hall of Famer Anatoli Tarasov.
Šūlmanis, RobertsRoberts Šūlmanis  Soviet Union 01950-01-05 January 5, 1950 plane crash
Volodin, VasilyVasily Volodin  Soviet Union 01950-01-05 January 5, 1950 plane crash
Voronin, EugenyEugeny Voronin  Soviet Union 01950-01-05 January 5, 1950 plane crash
Zhiburtovich, YuriYuri Zhiburtovich  Soviet Union 01950-01-05 January 5, 1950 plane crash
Isaev, VictorVictor Isaev  Soviet Union 01950-01-05 January 5, 1950 plane crash
Moiseev, AlexanderAlexander Moiseev  Soviet Union 01950-01-05 January 5, 1950 plane crash
24 Barilko, BillBill Barilko  Canada 01951-08-26 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 Lowe, RossRoss Lowe  Canada 01955-08-08 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 Balfour, MurrayMurray Balfour  Canada 01965-05-30 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 Wasama, JarmoJarmo Wasama  Finland 01966-02-02 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 Paul, ButchButch Paul  Canada 01966-03-25 March 25, 1966 car accident Played three games for the Detroit Red Wings in 1964–65.
29 Masterton, BillBill Masterton  Canada 01968-01-15 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 Blinov, ViktorViktor Blinov  Soviet Union 01968-07-09 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 Larkin, WayneWayne Larkin  Canada 01968-09-13 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.

1970–1989

Age Player Nationality Date of death Cause of death Notes
40 Sawchuk, TerryTerry Sawchuk  Canada 01970-05-31 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 Briere, MichelMichel Brière  Canada 01971-04-13 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 Klimov, KonstantinKonstantin Klimov  Soviet Union 01971 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 Mahon, JimJim Mahon  Canada 01971 1971 accidental electrocution Former right winger for the Peterborough Petes. The OHL's Jim Mahon Memorial Trophy is named in his honour.
19 Fendley, PaulPaul Fendley  Canada 01972-05-08 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. [1] [2]
28 Svedberg, LennartLennart Svedberg  Sweden 01972-07-29 July 29, 1972[3] 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 Horton, TimTim Horton  Canada 01974-02-21 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 Maki, WayneWayne Maki  Canada 01974-05-12 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 Kovalev, MikhailMikhail Kovalev  Soviet Union 01975 1975 Unknown

Defenseman. Played for the national Soviet junior team and HC CSKA Moscow. Winner of the European Junior Championship (1973).

24 Gassoff, BobBob Gassoff  Canada 01977-05-27 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 Suominen, VeikkoVeikko Suominen  Finland 01978-12-21 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 Garland, ScottScott Garland  Canada 01979-06-09 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 Najdenov, AlexanderAlexander Najdenov  Soviet Union 01979 1979 murdered, smothering

Forward. Played for HC Spartak Moscow. His murderer was never found.

26 Ashby, DonDon Ashby  Canada 01981-05-30 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 Kharlamov, ValeriValeri Kharlamov  Soviet Union 01981-08-27 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 Melanson, BruceBruce Melanson  Canada 01985-01-04 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 Fetisov, AnatoliAnatoli Fetisov  Soviet Union 01985-06 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 Lindbergh, PellePelle Lindbergh  Sweden 01985-11-11 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 Pelawa, GeorgeGeorge Pelawa  United States 01986-08-30 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 Kresse, TrentTrent Kresse[4]  Canada 01986-12-30 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 Kruger, ScottScott Kruger[4]  Canada 01986-12-30 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 Mantyka, ChrisChris Mantyka[4]  Canada 01986-12-30 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 Ruff, BrentBrent Ruff[4]  Canada 01986-12-30 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 Zemko, AndrewAndrew Zemko  Soviet Union 01988-07 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 Carnes, NeilNeil Carnes  Canada 01989-07-30 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 MacPherson, DuncanDuncan MacPherson  Canada 01989-08-09 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.

1990–1999

Age Player Nationality Date of death Cause of death Notes
18 Tarasov, KirillKirill Tarasov  Soviet Union 01990 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 Cajka, LudekLuděk Čajka  Czechoslovakia 01990-02-14 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 Kopot, ArtemArtem Kopot  Russia 01992-07-24 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 Schrott, MiranMiran Schrott  Italy 01992-01-14 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 Hagglund, RogerRoger Hägglund  Sweden 01992-06-06 June 6, 1992 car accident Played three games for the Quebec Nordiques in 1984–85.
27 Kordic, JohnJohn Kordic  Canada 01992-08-08 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 Colman, MikeMike Colman  United States 01994-04-05 April 5, 1994 car accident Played fifteen games for the San Jose Sharks in 1991–92.
29 Karlsson, PeterPeter Karlsson  Sweden 01995-03-11 March 11, 1995 stabbed to death Played in the SEL for Västerås IK.
28 Akerblom, BengtBengt Åkerblom[5]  Sweden 01995-10-15 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 Breistroff, MichelMichel Breistroff  France 01996-07-17 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 Batters, JeffJeff Batters  Canada 01996-08-23 August 23, 1996 car accident Played two seasons and sixteen games for the St. Louis Blues from 1993 to 1995.
24 Dupre, YanickYanick Dupré  Canada 01997-08-16 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 Christie, GrahamGraham Christie[6]  Canada 01997-11 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 Morin, StephaneStéphane Morin  Canada 01998-10-06 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 Silver, ChadChad Silver[7]  Canada
 Switzerland
01998-12-03 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 Chiasson, SteveSteve Chiasson  Canada 01999-05-03 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 Tertyshny, DmitriDmitri Tertyshny[8]  Russia 01999-07-23 July 23, 1999 slashed jugular vein in boat accident Played 62 games for the Philadelphia Flyers in 1998–99.

2000–2009

Age Player Nationality Date of death Cause of death Notes
32 Bezukladnikov, ViacheslavViacheslav Bezukladnikov  Russia 02001-07-10 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 Batovsky, ZoltanZoltan Batovsky  Slovakia 02001-08-08 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 Tootoo, TerenceTerence Tootoo  Canada 02002-08-26 August 26, 2002 suicide Played for the Roanoke Express (ECHL) and OCN Blizzard (MJHL). Brother of NHLer Jordin Tootoo.
24 Lyashenko, RomanRoman Lyashenko[9]  Russia 02003-07-05 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 Ettinger, TrevorTrevor Ettinger  Canada 02003-07-26 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 Snyder, DanDan Snyder[10]  Canada 02003-10-05 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 Zholtok, SergeiSergei Zholtok[11]  Latvia 02004-11-03 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 Logan, JaxonJaxon Logan[12]  USA 02005-01-21 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 Delisle, JonathanJonathan Delisle  Canada 02006-03-16 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 Blaho, StefanStefan Blaho  Slovakia 02006-08-30 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 Savin, AlexeiAlexei Savin  Belarus 02007-06-18 June 18, 2007 car accident Played for the Belarusian national team.
30 Cech, MartinMartin Čech  Czech Republic 02007-09-06 September 6, 2007 car accident Played in the Czech Extraliga.
26 Robinson, DarcyDarcy Robinson[13]  Canada 02007-09-27 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 Renaud, MickeyMickey Renaud[14]  Canada 02008-02-18 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 Bourdon, LucLuc Bourdon[15]  Canada 02008-05-29 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 Ramolla, KJKJ Ramolla  Canada 02008-06-28 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 Antosik, IgorIgor Antosik  Russia 02008-07-25 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 Kapec, DomagojDomagoj Kapec  Croatia 02008-09-12 September 12, 2008 car accident Played for KHL Zagreb in his homeland. Represented Croatia at two IIHF World Junior Hockey Championships.
19 Cherepanov, AlexeiAlexei Cherepanov[16][17]  Russia 02008-10-13 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.[citation needed]
21 Don Sanderson  Canada 02009-01-02 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 Ocskay, GaborGábor Ocskay[18]  Hungary 02009-03-24 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 Vajarov, KirilKiril Vajarov[19]  Bulgaria 02009-04-18 April 18, 2009 stabbing Goaltender who played for Slavia Sofia in Bulgaria. Was a member of Bulgarian national team for two World Championships.
28 Muller, RobertRobert Müller[20]  Germany 02009-05-21 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 Kuchin, AlexeiAlexei Kuchin  Russia 02009-09-26 September 26, 2009 car accident Forward. Played for HC Krilya Sovetov (MHL, Russia).

2010–present

Age Player Nationality Date of death Cause of death Notes
22 Matt Cook[21]  Canada 02010-04-04 April 4, 2010 bone cancer Won a bronze medal at the 2009 IPC Ice Sledge Hockey World Championships playing for Canada.
23 Igor Misko[22]  Russia 02010-07-06 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[23]  Canada 02010-10-02 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 Wächter, MarkusMarkus Wächter[24]  Germany 02010-11-03 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[25]  United States 02011-01-07 January 7, 2011 suicide[26] 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 02011-04-03 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 Boogaard, DerekDerek Boogaard[27]  Canada 02011-05-13 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 02011-08-15 August 15, 2011 suicide[28] 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 02011-09-07 September 7, 2011 plane crash[29] 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]
30 Josef Vašíček  Czech Republic 02011-09-07 September 7, 2011 plane crash[29] 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. [30]
32 Karel Rachůnek  Czech Republic 02011-09-07 September 7, 2011 plane crash[29] 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. [30]
31 Jan Marek  Czech Republic 02011-09-07 September 7, 2011 plane crash[29] 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]
30 Stefan Liv  Sweden 02011-09-07 September 7, 2011 plane crash[29] 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 02011-09-07 September 7, 2011 plane crash[29] 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 02011-09-07 September 7, 2011 plane crash[29] 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 02011-09-07 September 7, 2011 plane crash[31]

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 02011-09-07 September 7, 2011 plane crash[31] Played 158 regular games in the KHL. 2000 World U20 Championship Silver Medal winner.
24 Gennady Churilov  Russia 02011-09-07 September 7, 2011 plane crash[31] 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 02011-09-07 September 7, 2011 plane crash[31] Member of the German National team in 2007, 2010 and 2011 IIHF World Championships.
23 Marat Kalimulin  Russia 02011-09-07 September 7, 2011 plane crash[31] Played 102 regular games in the KHL. 2008 IIHF World U20 Championship Bronze Medal winner.
23 Alexander Kalyanin  Russia 02011-09-07 September 7, 2011 plane crash[31] 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 02011-09-07 September 7, 2011 plane crash[31] Played 107 regular games in the KHL. 2007 IIHF World U20 Championship Silver Medal winner.
21 Nikita Klyukin  Russia 02011-09-07 September 7, 2011 plane crash[31] 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 02011-09-07 September 7, 2011 plane crash[31] Played 36 regular games in the KHL for Lokomotiv Yaroslavl.
18 Maxim Shuvalov  Russia 02011-09-07 September 7, 2011 plane crash[31] 2011 World U18 Championship Bronze Medal winner. Played 51 regular games in the MHL for Loko Yaroslavl.
19 Pavel Snurnitsyn  Russia 02011-09-07 September 7, 2011 plane crash[31] Played 115 regular games in the MHL for Loko Yaroslavl.
20 Daniil Sobchenko  Ukraine  Russia 02011-09-07 September 7, 2011 plane crash[31] Played 51 regular games in the KHL for Lokomotiv Yaroslavl. 2011 World Junior Championship Gold Medal winner.
31 Ivan Tkachenko  Russia 02011-09-07 September 7, 2011 plane crash[31] 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 02011-09-07 September 7, 2011 plane crash[31] Played 589 regular games in Russian Super League and KHL.
20 Yuri Urychev  Russia 02011-09-07 September 7, 2011 plane crash[31] Played 23 regular games in the KHL for Lokomotiv Yaroslavl. 2011 World Junior Championship Gold Medal winner.
23 Alexander Vasyunov  Russia 02011-09-07 September 7, 2011 plane crash[31] 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 02011-09-07 September 7, 2011 plane crash[31] Goaltender. Played 647 regular games in Russian Super League and KHL. Winner of 2003–04 Russian Superleague championship.
21 Artem Yarchuk  Russia 02011-09-07 September 7, 2011 plane crash[31] 2008 World U18 Championship Silver Medal winner.
26 Alexander Galimov  Russia 02011-09-12 September 12, 2011 plane crash[31] Member of the silver-medal winning Russian U20 team at the 2005 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships

See also

  • List of sportspeople who have died during their playing career

Notes

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