Five individuals suspended in probe of hockey player Cherepanov’s death

MOSCOW – The Continental Hockey League suspended five officials Friday in connection with the death last year of rising star Alexei Cherepanov.

Cherepanov, 19, a first-round draft pick of the New York Rangers in 2007, died in October after collapsing on the Avangard Omsk bench during a game at Vityaz Chekhov. An autopsy showed he suffered from a chronic condition that obstructed blood flow to the heart and other organs.

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Avangard’s president, general manager and one of its team doctors were suspended indefinitely from positions in the league. Another Avangard doctor was suspended for two years. Vityaz’s president also was banned indefinitely.

There had been complaints Vityaz improperly organized medical services at the arena.