Ivan Tkachenko (ice hockey)

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Ivan Tkachenko
Born (1979-11-09)9 November 1979
Yaroslavl, Soviet Union
Died 7 September 2011(2011-09-07) (aged 31)
Yaroslavl, Russia
Height 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Weight 187 lb (85 kg; 13 st 5 lb)
Position left/Right Wing
Shot Left
Played for HC Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk (RSL)
Lokomotiv Yaroslavl (RSL)/(KHL)
National team  Russia
NHL Draft 98th overall, 2002
Columbus Blue Jackets
Playing career 1999–2011
Ivan Tkachenko
Medal record
Men's ice hockey
Representing  Russia
World Championships
Silver medal – second place 2002 Sweden

Ivan Leonidovich Tkachenko (Russian: Иван Леонидович Ткаченко) (9 November 1979 – 7 September 2011) was a Russian professional ice hockey winger who played for Lokomotiv Yaroslavl of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL).[1] He was selected by the Columbus Blue Jackets in the 4th round (98th overall) of the 2002 NHL Entry Draft.


On 7 September 2011, Tkachenko was killed in the Lokomotiv Yaroslavl plane crash, when a Yakovlev Yak-42 passenger aircraft carrying nearly his entire Lokomotiv team crashed just outside Yaroslavl, Russia. The team was traveling to Minsk to play their opening game of the season, with its coaching staff and prospects. Lokomotiv officials said, "Everyone from the main roster was on the plane plus four players from the youth team."[2][3][4]


Three weeks after Tkachenko's death information appeared in the Internet that during the last four years of his life he had anonymously donated almost 10 million rubles (over 300,000 US dollars) for the treatment of children suffering from serious diseases. He transferred 500 000 rubles of this amount on the day before his death.[5][6]

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