2 January 1987|
Kiev, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union
7 September 2011 (aged 24)|
|Height||6 ft 3 in (191 cm)|
|Weight||218 lb (99 kg; 15 st 8 lb)|
70th overall, 2005|
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.
On 7 September 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 10 September 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
- "First pictures from the crash of Yak-42 near Yaroslavl". Lifenews.ru. 2011-09-07. Retrieved 2011-09-07.
- "The list of Lokomotiv players who died". Lifenews.ru. 2011-09-07. Retrieved 2011-09-07.
- "Pavol Demitra among 43 killed in Russian plane crash". Toronto: theglobeandmail.com. 2011-09-07. Retrieved 2011-09-07.[dead link]
- "Похорони Данила Собченка та Віталія Анікеєнка відбудуться завтра". Press service of the Russian Hockey Federation Ukraine. 9 September 2011. Archived from the original on 8 December 2011. Retrieved 9 September 2011.
- Biographical information and career statistics from NHL.com, or Eliteprospects.com, or Eurohockey.com, or The Internet Hockey Database
- Vitaly Anikeyenko player profile at RussianProspects.com
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