January 2, 1987|
Kiev, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union
|Died||September 7, 2011
|Height||6 ft 3 in (191 cm)|
|Weight||218 lb (99 kg; 15 st 8 lb)|
|Played for||Lokomotiv Yaroslavl
|NHL Draft||70th overall, 2005
|Competitor for Russia|
|World Junior Championships|
|IIHF World U18 Championships|
Vitaly Serhiiovych Anikeyenko (January 2, 1987 – September 7, 2011) was a Ukrainian-Russian professional ice hockey player. Born in Kiev, Anikeyenko spent the entirety of his professional hockey career with Lokomotiv Yaroslavl of the Kontinental Hockey League, save for the a loan spell with Metallurg Novokuznetsk during 2007–08. He was a member of the Russian national team that competed in the IIHF World Championship's under 18 and under 20 levels; winning a silver medal for the country in 2007. Anikeyenko was drafted 70th overall in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft by the Ottawa Senators. He died along with most of the Lokomotiv team in a plane crash on the first day of the 2011–12 season.
On September 7, 2011, Anikeyenko was killed in a plane crash when a Yakovlev Yak-42 passenger aircraft, carrying nearly his entire Lokomotiv Yaroslavl team, crashed at Tunoshna Airport, just outside the city of Yaroslavl, Russia. The team was traveling to Minsk to play their opening game of the season, with its coaching staff and prospects. Lokomotiv officials confirmed that the entire main roster was on the flight, including four players from the junior team. The bodies of Ukrainian teammates Anikeyenko and Daniil Sobchenko were repatriated following the crash for burial in Ukraine. The funeral was held on September 10 at Sovskoe cemetery in Kiev.
|Junior Int'l Totals||18||1||2||3||26|
- Ukrainian: Віта́лій Сергійович Анікеєнко; Russian: Виталий Серге́евич Аникеенко, Vitaly Sergeyevich Anikeyenko
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- Vitaly Anikeyenko profile at Eurohockey.com
- Vitaly Anikeyenko's career statistics at EliteProspects.com
- Vitaly Anikeyenko's career statistics at The Internet Hockey Database
- RussianProspects.com Vitaly Anikeyenko's Player Profile
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