Hockey

KHL suspends 5 over Cherepanov death

The Kontinental Hockey League suspended four officials on Friday in connection with the death late last year of rising star Alexei Cherepanov.

The Kontinental Hockey League suspended four officials Friday in connection with the death late last year of rising star Alexei Cherepanov.

The 19-year-old Cherepanov, a first-round draft pick of the New York Rangers in 2007, died in October after collapsing on the Avangard Omsk bench during a game at Vityaz Chekhov in Russia.

An autopsy showed he suffered from myocarditis, a chronic condition that obstructed blood flow to the heart and other organs.

Avangard's president, general manager and one of its team doctors were suspended indefinitely from positions in the league. Another Avangard doctor was suspended for two years. Vityaz's president also was banned indefinitely.

There had been complaints Vityaz improperly organized medical services at the arena.

Cherepanov's North American agent, Jay Grossman, said NHL tests had showed no irregularities with his health.