Vitaly Anikeyenko

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Vitaly Anikeyenko
Born (1987-01-02)January 2, 1987
Kiev, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union
Died September 7, 2011(2011-09-07) (aged 24)
Yaroslavl, Russia
Height 6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Weight 218 lb (99 kg; 15 st 8 lb)
Position Defenceman
Shot Right
Played for Lokomotiv Yaroslavl
Metallurg Novokuznetsk
NHL Draft 70th overall, 2005
Ottawa Senators
Playing career 2005–2011
Vitaly Anikeyenko
Medal record
Competitor for  Russia
Ice hockey
World Junior Championships
Silver 2007 Sweden
IIHF World U18 Championships
Bronze 2003 Russia

Vitaly Serhiiovych Anikeyenko[1] (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.

Death[edit]

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.[2][3][4] The bodies of Ukrainian teammates Anikeyenko and Daniil Sobchenko were repatriated following the crash for burial in Ukraine.[5] The funeral was held on September 10 at Sovskoe cemetery in Kiev.[6]

Career statistics[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2005–06 Lokomotiv Yaroslavl RSL 26 0 1 1 28 1 0 0 0 0
2006–07 Lokomotiv Yaroslavl RSL 25 1 2 3 16 3 0 0 0 12
2007–08 Metallurg Novokuznezk RSL 10 1 1 2 10
2007–08 Lokomotiv Yaroslavl RSL 40 4 9 13 48 16 0 0 0 20
2008–09 Lokomotiv Yaroslavl KHL 40 2 9 11 44 19 0 2 2 10
2009–10 Lokomotiv Yaroslavl KHL 52 7 11 18 50 9 1 0 1 8
2010–11 Lokomotiv Yaroslavl KHL 52 5 14 19 79 3 0 2 2 4
RSL totals 101 6 13 19 102 20 0 0 0 32

International statistics[edit]

Year Team Event Place   GP G A Pts PIM
2003 Russia WJC18 3rd 6 0 0 0 4
2005 Russia WJC18 5th 6 1 1 2 12
2007 Russia WJC 2nd 6 0 1 1 10
Junior Int'l Totals 18 1 2 3 26

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ukrainian: Віта́лій Сергійович Анікеєнко; Russian: Виталий Серге́евич Аникеенко, Vitaly Sergeyevich Anikeyenko
  2. ^ "First pictures from the crash of Yak-42 near Yaroslavl". Lifenews.ru. 2011-09-07. Retrieved 2011-09-07. 
  3. ^ "The list of Lokomotiv players who died". Lifenews.ru. 2011-09-07. Retrieved 2011-09-07. 
  4. ^ "Pavol Demitra among 43 killed in Russian plane crash". Toronto: theglobeandmail.com. 2011-09-07. Retrieved 2011-09-07. [dead link]
  5. ^ . Press service of the Russian Hockey Federation Ukraine. 9 September 2011 http://fhu.com.ua/ua/news/top/hokkei_v_ukraine/2567/. Retrieved 9 September 2011.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  6. ^ http://photo.segodnya.ua/kiev/v-kieve-khoronili-pogibshikh-khokkeistov-prostitsya-prishli-500-chelovek/

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