List of ice hockey players who died during their playing career

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This is a list of ice hockey players who died during their playing careers.

Player deaths[edit]

Before 1930[edit]

Age Player Nationality Date of death Cause of death Notes
28 Higginbotham, FredFred 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 McGee, James A.James A. McGee[1]  Canada May 15, 1904 horse riding accident Member of the Ottawa Silver Seven, captain of the Ottawa Rough Riders; brother of Frank McGee.
23 Hooper, ArchieArchie Hooper[2]  Canada October 11, 1904 complications from on-ice injury Member of 1902 and 1903 Montreal Hockey Club Stanley Cup champions.
22 McCourt, OwenOwen 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 Stuart, HodHod 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 Dey, EdgarEdgar Dey  Canada February 13, 1912 on-ice chest injury Stanley Cup winner with Ottawa Senators in 1909.
24 Davidson, AllanAllan 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 Irvine, DelDel Irvine[3]  Canada April 13, 1916 pneumonia Played professionally for Portland Rosebuds. PCHA champion in 1916.
32 Shore, HambyHamby Shore  Canada October 13, 1918 influenza Played nine seasons for the Ottawa Senators.
26 Baker, HobeyHobey 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.
37 Hall, JoeJoe 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.
25 Horne, GeorgeGeorge 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.

1930–1969[edit]

Age Player Nationality Date of death Cause of death Notes
26 Connors, BobbyBobby 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 Gardiner, CharlieCharlie 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 Leswick, Jack "Newsy"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 Miller, EarlEarl 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 Morenz, HowieHowie 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 McConnell, RussellRussell 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 Deacon, DonDon Deacon  Canada 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 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 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 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 January 5, 1950 plane crash 1947 Soviet Championship bronze medal winner. 1948 Soviet Championship silver medal winner.
30 Bocharnikov, BorisBoris Bocharnikov  Soviet Union January 5, 1950 plane crash 1947 Soviet Championship gold medal winner. 1948 Soviet Championship bronze medal winner.
31 Zigmund, ZdenekZdenek Zigmund  Soviet Union January 5, 1950 plane crash 1947 Soviet Championship bronze medal winner. 1948 Soviet Championship silver medal winner.
27 Tarasov, YuriYuri Tarasov  Soviet Union January 5, 1950 plane crash Brother of hall of fame player Anatoli Tarasov.
Šūlmanis, RobertsRoberts Šūlmanis  Soviet Union January 5, 1950 plane crash
Volodin, VasilyVasily Volodin  Soviet Union January 5, 1950 plane crash
Voronin, EugenyEugeny Voronin  Soviet Union January 5, 1950 plane crash
Zhiburtovich, YuriYuri Zhiburtovich  Soviet Union January 5, 1950 plane crash
Isaev, VictorVictor Isaev  Soviet Union January 5, 1950 plane crash
Moiseev, AlexanderAlexander Moiseev  Soviet Union January 5, 1950 plane crash
24 Barilko, BillBill 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 four Stanley Cups with the Toronto Maple Leafs from 1947 to 1951, and scored the legendary cup-winning goal in overtime of game five 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 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 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 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 March 25, 1966 car accident Played three games for the Detroit Red Wings in 1964–65.
29 Masterton, BillBill 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 Blinov, ViktorViktor 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 Larkin, WayneWayne 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.

1970–1989[edit]

Age Player Nationality Date of death Cause of death Notes
40 Sawchuk, TerryTerry 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 to 1970; 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 April 13, 1971 car accident Pittsburgh Penguins rookie played 76 games in 1969–70; the Penguins retired his number 21; the Michel Brière Memorial Trophy is awarded annually by the QMJHL to the league MVP.
19 Klimov, KonstantinKonstantin 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 Mahon, JimJim 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 Fendley, PaulPaul 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.[4][5]
28 Svedberg, LennartLennart Svedberg  Sweden July 29, 1972[6] 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 February 21, 1974 car accident Played 24 seasons and 1,446 games in the National Hockey League from 1949 to 1974, playing 20 seasons and 1,185 games for the Toronto Maple Leafs; named to the NHL's First and 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 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 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 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 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 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 1979 murdered, smothering

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

26 Ashby, DonDon 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 Kharlamov, ValeriValeri 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.
28 Levonen, RauliRauli Levonen  Finland December 1, 1981 heart attack Played 9 seasons in Finnish SM-liiga for Ässät Pori and won championship title in 1978. Father of ex-pro hockey player Jarno Levonen, cousin of ex-player and international referee Jari Levonen. Suffered a heart attack during a 3rd division game and died later at hospital.
17 Fetisov, AnatoliAnatoli 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 Lindbergh, PellePelle 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 Trophy and award it annually to the team's most improved player.
18 Pelawa, GeorgeGeorge 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 Kresse, TrentTrent Kresse[7]  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 Kruger, ScottScott Kruger[7]  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 Mantyka, ChrisChris Mantyka[7]  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 Ruff, BrentBrent Ruff[7]  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 Zemko, AndrewAndrew 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 Carnes, NeilNeil 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 MacPherson, DuncanDuncan 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.

1990–1999[edit]

Age Player Nationality Date of death Cause of death Notes
18 Tarasov, KirillKirill 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 Cajka, LudekLuděk 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.
34 Durdins, VladimirsVladimirs Durdins  Latvia May 27, 1990 car accident Played 11 seasons for Dynamo Riga in the Soviet Championship League and one season for Ässät Pori in the Finnish first division. Member of 1978 Soviet All-Stars squad that played exhibition games against WHA teams. Father of Sergei Durdin.[8]
19 Schrott, MiranMiran Schrott  Italy January 14, 1992 died on the ice after being intentionally 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.[9]
19 Kopot, ArtemArtem Kopot  Russia July 20, 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.
30 Hagglund, RogerRoger Hägglund  Sweden June 6, 1992 car accident Played three games for the Quebec Nordiques in 1984–85.
27 Kordic, JohnJohn 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. Won 1982-83 Memorial Cup with WHL's Portland Winter Hawks.
18 Rippingale, GaryGary Rippingale  England October 31, 1992 choked on vomit Played for the Nottingham Panthers of the British Hockey League. He also played for the Great Britain national ice hockey team at Under-18 level. He died following the Panthers' Halloween party. The number 3 jersey is retired by the Panthers in his honour.
25 Colman, MikeMike Colman  United States April 5, 1994 car accident Played fifteen games for the San Jose Sharks in 1991–92.
23 Milan, PiotrPiotr Milan  Poland January 23, 1995 bus accident Played in the Polish Extraliga for STS Sanok.[10]
29 Karlsson, PeterPeter Karlsson  Sweden March 11, 1995 stabbed to death Played in the SEL for VIK Västerås HK.
28 Akerblom, BengtBengt Åkerblom[11]  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 Breistroff, MichelMichel 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 Batters, JeffJeff Batters  Canada 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 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[12]  Canada November 1997 on-ice accident 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 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[13]  Canada
  Switzerland
December 3, 1998 heart attack Played nine seasons and 374 games in the National League A mostly for the HC Fribourg-Gottéron and ZSC Lions Zurich.
34 Rautianen, PetriPetri Rautianen  Finland 1999 brain tumour Played two seasons in SM-liiga for Ässät Pori and Jokipojat Joensuu. Last two seasons of his career he played for Newcastle Cobras in the British Ice Hockey Superleague. Died on a relapsed brain tumour. His jersey was retired by Newcastle in 2001.[14]
32 Chiasson, SteveSteve 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 Tertyshny, DmitriDmitri Tertyshny[15]  Russia July 23, 1999 slashed jugular vein in boat accident Played 62 games for the Philadelphia Flyers in 1998–99.

2000–2009[edit]

Age Player Nationality Date of death Cause of death Notes
29 Malicki, ArturArtur Malicki  Poland February 14, 2001 hit by car as a pedestrian Played in the Polish Extraliga for Unia Oświęcim.[16]
38 Ageikin, SergeiSergei Ageikin  Russia May 31, 2001 leukemia[17] Played for Spartak Moskwa, Podhale Nowy Targ, Vityaz Podolsk, participated in IIHF World Championships 1986 (won gold medal with Soviet Union).
32 Bezukladnikov, ViacheslavViacheslav 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 Batovsky, ZoltanZoltan 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 Krevsun, AlexanderAlexander Krevsun[18]  Kazakhstan July 3, 2002 cerebral hemorrhage Drafted 124th overall in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft by the Nashville Predators. Died during a cross country workout with CSK VVS Samara.
22 Tootoo, TerenceTerence Tootoo  Canada August 26, 2002 suicide Played for the Roanoke Express (ECHL) and OCN Blizzard (MJHL). Brother of NHLer Jordin Tootoo.
24 Lyashenko, RomanRoman Lyashenko[19]  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 Ettinger, TrevorTrevor 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.
29 Pastuszak, GrzegorzGrzegorz Pastuszak  Poland August 14, 2003 hit by car as a pedestrian Played in the Polish Extraliga for SKH Sanok.
25 Snyder, DanDan Snyder[20]  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.
36 Karachun, ViktorViktor Karachun  Belarus August 11, 2004 cancer[21] Played for Dinamo Minsk, Podhale Nowy Targ, German clubs in DEL, participated in IIHF World Championships 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001 and 2002, and Winter Olympics in 1998 and 2002.
27 Ustyugov, AnatoliAnatoli Ustyugov[22]  Russia September 27, 2004 murder, head injury Played in Russia on teams such as Amur Khabarovsk, Lada Tolliati, and Spartak Moscow.
31 Zholtok, SergeiSergei Zholtok[23]  Latvia November 3, 2004 hypertrophic cardiomyopathy Played ten seasons and 588 games in the National Hockey League for six teams from 1992 to 2004.
18 Logan, JaxonJaxon Logan[24]  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 Delisle, JonathanJonathan 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 Blaho, StefanStefan 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 Savin, AlexeiAlexei Savin  Belarus June 18, 2007 car accident Played for the Belarusian national team.
30 Cech, MartinMartin Čech  Czech Republic September 6, 2007 car accident Played in the Czech Extraliga.
26 Robinson, DarcyDarcy Robinson[25]  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 Renaud, MickeyMickey Renaud[26]  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 Bourdon, LucLuc Bourdon[27]  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 Ramolla, KJKJ 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 Antosik, IgorIgor 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 Kapec, DomagojDomagoj Kapec  Croatia 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[28][29]  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.[citation needed]
21 Sanderson, DonDon 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 Ocskay, GaborGábor Ocskay[30]  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 Vajarov, KirilKiril Vajarov[31]  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 Muller, RobertRobert Müller[32]  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 Kuchin, AlexeiAlexei Kuchin  Russia September 26, 2009 car accident Forward. Played for HC Krilya Sovetov (MHL, Russia).

2010–present[edit]

Age Player Nationality Date of death Cause of death Notes
23 Igor Misko[33]  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[34]  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.[35]
28 Tom Cavanagh[36]  United States January 7, 2011 suicide[37] 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.[38]
27 Rick Rypien  Canada August 15, 2011 suicide[39] 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[40] 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.[41]
30 Josef Vašíček  Czech Republic September 7, 2011 plane crash[40] 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.[41]
32 Karel Rachůnek  Czech Republic September 7, 2011 plane crash[40] 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.[41]
31 Jan Marek  Czech Republic September 7, 2011 plane crash[40] 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.[41]
30 Stefan Liv  Sweden September 7, 2011 plane crash[40] 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[40] 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[40] He was the first Belarusian first round pick in the NHL, when the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim drafted him 9th overall in 1996. Played 917 games in the NHL over 14 years. He also played on the Belarusian national team in the 1998, 2002, and 2010 Olympic Games and nine different World Championships between 1994 and 2010.
24 Vitali Anikienko  Ukraine
 Russia
September 7, 2011 plane crash[42] 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[42] Played 158 regular games in the KHL. 2000 World U20 Championship Silver Medal winner.
24 Gennady Churilov  Russia September 7, 2011 plane crash[42] 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. 2006 and 2007 World Junior Championship Silver Medal winner.
25 Robert Dietrich  Germany September 7, 2011 plane crash[42] Member of the German National team in 2007, 2010 and 2011 IIHF World Championships.
23 Marat Kalimulin  Russia September 7, 2011 plane crash[42] Played 102 regular games in the KHL. 2008 IIHF World U20 Championship Bronze Medal winner.
23 Alexander Kalyanin  Russia September 7, 2011 plane crash[42] 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[42] Played 107 regular games in the KHL. 2007 IIHF World U20 Championship Silver Medal winner.
21 Nikita Klyukin  Russia September 7, 2011 plane crash[42] 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[42] Played 36 regular games in the KHL for Lokomotiv Yaroslavl.
18 Maxim Shuvalov  Russia September 7, 2011 plane crash[42] 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[42] Played 115 regular games in the MHL for Loko Yaroslavl.
20 Daniil Sobchenko  Ukraine
 Russia
September 7, 2011 plane crash[42] 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[42] 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[42] Played 589 regular games in Russian Super League and KHL.
20 Yuri Urychev  Russia September 7, 2011 plane crash[42] 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[42] 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[42] 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[42] 2008 World U18 Championship Silver Medal winner.
26 Alexander Galimov  Russia September 12, 2011 injuries sustained in a plane crash[42] Member of the silver-medal winning Russian U20 team at the 2005 IIHF World U20 Championship
16 Maxim Koposov  Russia February 17, 2012 hit by puck during game[43]
23 Bryan Rufenach  Canada June 4, 2012 electrocution[44] Drafted 208th overall in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft, by the Detroit Red Wings. Fatally electrocuted while on vacation in Switzerland.
34 Remir Khaidarov  Russia June 29, 2012 fire[45]
32 Dmitri Uchaykin  Russia March 31, 2013 hit in head during game[46] Played for Amur Khabarovsk of the Russian Superleague and Kontinental Hockey League. Was a member of HC Ertis-Pavlodar in the Kazakhstan Vyschaya Liga at the time of his death.
20 Kristiāns Pelšs  Latvia June 11, 2013 drowning[47] Pelšs was drafted by Edmonton Oilers during the 7th round of 2010 NHL Entry Draft. He appeared in 20 games for Oklahoma City Barons of the American Hockey League as well as played two games for Latvian national ice hockey team.
23 Scott Winkler  Norway June 12, 2013 unknown causes[48] Chosen in the third round of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft by the Dallas Stars. Spent four years at Colorado College. Also played for Russell Stover midgets and the USHL's Cedar Rapids RoughRiders. Appeared at two World Under-18s and two World Junior Championships for Norway, including being named Best Forward at the 2010 World Juniors. Made the WCHA's All-Academic Team for three consecutive years.
16 Jordan Boyd  Canada August 12, 2013 cardiac arrest[49] Played for Acadie–Bathurst Titan in the QMJHL
27 Stasiowski, TomaszTomasz Stasiowski  Poland October 5, 2013 motorcycle accident[50] Played in the Polish Extraliga for TMH Polonia Bytom, and for Poland U-18, U-20.[51]
20 Terry Trafford  Canada March 11, 2014 suicide[52] Played for the Saginaw Spirit in the OHL.[53] Died as a result of self-inflicted asphyxiation after going missing 8 days prior.[52]
21 Nick Egan  USA August 8, 2014 suspected heart failure[54] Defenceman for the Estevan Bruins of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League. Had graduated from the team and was pursuing a professional contract.[55]

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