List of ice hockey players who died during their playing career
This is a list of ice hockey players who died during their playing careers.
|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||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||Canada||October 11, 1904||complications from on-ice injury||Member of 1902 and 1903 Montreal Hockey Club Stanley Cup champions.|
|24||Laurin, AlcideAlcide Laurin||Canada||February 24, 1905||result of an on-ice incident||Laurin was beaten to death by 19-year-old Allan Loney, a player on a rival team from Maxville, Ontario.|
|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||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||plane crash||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.|
|39||Vezina, GeorgesGeorges Vézina||Canada||March 27, 1926||tuberculosis||Played sixteen seasons with the Montreal Canadiens from 1910–11 to 1925–26 winning two Stanley Cups; The National Hockey League has awarded the Vezina Trophy annually since his death; member of the Hockey Hall of Fame. On November 29, 1925, the home opener of the 1925–26 season, Vezina ran a temperature of 105 degrees. He started the first period, and, in the second, he collapsed in the crease. After this game, he was forced to retire from the NHL.|
|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.|
|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, DudleyDudley 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||plane crash||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 crash||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 crash||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.|
|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 crash||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.|
|30||Klimov, KonstantinKonstantin Klimov||Soviet Union||January 8, 1982||car crash||
Forward. Played for the national Soviet junior team and HC Spartak Moscow. Champion of USSR (1969, 1974), winner of the USSR Cup (1970,1971,1974), 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.|
|28||Svedberg, LennartLennart Svedberg||Sweden||July 29, 1972||car crash||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 crash||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 crash||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 crash||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 crash||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 crash||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 crash||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 crash.|
|26||Lindbergh, PellePelle Lindbergh||Sweden||November 11, 1985||car crash||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 crash||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||Canada||December 30, 1986||bus crash||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||Canada||December 30, 1986||bus crash||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||Canada||December 30, 1986||bus crash||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||Canada||December 30, 1986||bus crash||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 crash||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.|
|Age||Player||Nationality||Date of death||Cause of death||Notes|
|18||Tarasov, KirillKirill Tarasov||Soviet Union||1990||car crash||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 crash||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.|
|19||Schrott, MiranMiran Schrott||Italy||January 14, 1992||cardiac arrest following on-ice slash||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 pleaded guilty to manslaughter.|
|19||Kopot, ArtemArtem Kopot||Russia||July 20, 1992||car crash||A promising defenceman 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 crash in his hometown one day prior to his twentieth birthday.|
|30||Hagglund, RogerRoger Hägglund||Sweden||June 6, 1992||car crash||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 crash||Played fifteen games for the San Jose Sharks in 1991–92.|
|24||Szal, JakubJakub Szal||Poland||December 8, 1994||heart attack||Played in the Polish Extraliga for Podhale Nowy Targ, STS Sanok.|
|23||Milan, PiotrPiotr Milan||Poland||January 23, 1995||bus accident||Played in the Polish Extraliga for STS Sanok.|
|29||Karlsson, PeterPeter Karlsson||Sweden||March 11, 1995||stabbed to death||Played in the SEL for VIK Västerås HK.|
|28||Akerblom, BengtBengt Åkerblom||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.|
|21||Osadchy, AlexanderAlexander Osadchy||Russia||1996||suicide||Drafted in round 4 #80 overall by the San Jose Sharks during the 1993 NHL Draft.|
|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 crash||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 and by the American Hockey League for a player's service to his local community.|
|20||Christie, GrahamGraham Christie||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|| Canada
|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.|
|26||Haviar, TiborTibor Haviar||Slovakia||1999||shooting||Was goalkeeper, played for MHk 32 Liptovský Mikuláš and STS Sanok and represented Western Slovakia. Shot dead by unknown offender.|
|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.|
|32||Chiasson, SteveSteve Chiasson||Canada||May 3, 1999||car crash||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||Russia||July 23, 1999||slashed jugular vein in boat accident||Played 62 games for the Philadelphia Flyers in 1998–99.|
|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.|
|38||Ageikin, SergeiSergei Ageikin||Russia||May 31, 2001||leukemia||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 crash||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.|
|26||Yegorov, AlexeiAlexei Yegorov||Russia||March 2, 2002||drug overdose||Drafted in round 3 #66 overall by the San Jose Sharks during the 1994 NHL Draft.|
|22||Krevsun, AlexanderAlexander Krevsun||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||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||Canada||October 5, 2003||car crash||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||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||Russia||September 27, 2004||murder, head injury||Played in Russia on teams such as Amur Khabarovsk, Lada Tolliati, and Spartak Moscow.|
|31||Žoltoks, SergejsSergejs Žoltoks||Latvia||November 3, 2004||hypertrophic cardiomyopathy during a match||Played ten seasons and 588 games in the National Hockey League for six teams from 1992 to 2004.|
|18||Logan, JaxonJaxon Logan||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 crash||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 crash||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 crash||Played for the Belarusian national team.|
|30||Cech, MartinMartin Čech||Czech Republic||September 6, 2007||car crash||Played in the Czech Extraliga.|
|26||Robinson, DarcyDarcy Robinson||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||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||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 crash||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 crash||Played for KHL Zagreb in his homeland. Represented Croatia at two IIHF World Junior Hockey Championships.|
|19||Cherepanov, AlexeiAlexei Cherepanov||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.|
|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||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||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||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 crash||Forward. Played for HC Krilya Sovetov (MHL, Russia).|
|Age||Player||Nationality||Date of death||Cause of death||Notes|
|23||Igor Misko||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||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.|
|28||Tom Cavanagh||United States||January 7, 2011||suicide||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.|
|27||Rick Rypien||Canada||August 15, 2011||suicide||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||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.|
|30||Josef Vašíček||Czech Republic||September 7, 2011||plane crash||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.|
|32||Karel Rachůnek||Czech Republic||September 7, 2011||plane crash||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.|
|31||Jan Marek||Czech Republic||September 7, 2011||plane crash||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.|
|30||Stefan Liv||Sweden||September 7, 2011||plane crash||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||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||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
|September 7, 2011||plane crash||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||Played 158 regular games in the KHL. 2000 World U20 Championship Silver Medal winner.|
|24||Gennady Churilov||Russia||September 7, 2011||plane crash||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||Member of the German National team in 2007, 2010 and 2011 IIHF World Championships.|
|23||Marat Kalimulin||Russia||September 7, 2011||plane crash||Played 102 regular games in the KHL. 2008 IIHF World U20 Championship Bronze Medal winner.|
|23||Alexander Kalyanin||Russia||September 7, 2011||plane crash||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||Played 107 regular games in the KHL. 2007 IIHF World U20 Championship Silver Medal winner.|
|21||Nikita Klyukin||Russia||September 7, 2011||plane crash||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||Played 36 regular games in the KHL for Lokomotiv Yaroslavl.|
|18||Maxim Shuvalov||Russia||September 7, 2011||plane crash||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||Played 115 regular games in the MHL for Loko Yaroslavl.|
|20||Daniil Sobchenko|| Ukraine
|September 7, 2011||plane crash||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||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||Played 589 regular games in Russian Super League and KHL.|
|20||Yuri Urychev||Russia||September 7, 2011||plane crash||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||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
|September 7, 2011||plane crash||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||2008 World U18 Championship Silver Medal winner.|
|26||Alexander Galimov||Russia||September 12, 2011||injuries sustained in a plane crash||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|
|23||Bryan Rufenach||Canada||June 4, 2012||electrocution||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|
|32||Dmitri Uchaykin||Russia||March 31, 2013||hit in head during game||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||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||undetermined||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||Played for Acadie–Bathurst Titan in the QMJHL|
|27||Stasiowski, TomaszTomasz Stasiowski||Poland||October 5, 2013||motorcycle crash||Played in the Polish Extraliga for TMH Polonia Bytom, and for Poland U-18, U-20.|
|20||Terry Trafford||Canada||March 11, 2014||suicide||Played for the Saginaw Spirit in the OHL. Died as a result of self-inflicted asphyxiation after going missing 8 days prior.|
|21||Nick Egan||USA||August 9, 2014||hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, cardiac arrest||Defenceman for the Estevan Bruins of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League. Had graduated from the team and was pursuing a professional contract.|
|16||Alexander Orekhov||Russia||February 2, 2016||blocked a shot with his neck during a game||Played for Metallurg Novokuznetsk of the Russia U18 League. Played 18 games, picking up 9 points before his death.|
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