There are a lot of stories going around the internet about what happened to Alexei Cherepanov - how he passed away, why he passed away, what happened to him etc. None of them change the fact that a life has been lost. Instead of trying to delve into all of the above questions, I was fortunate to come across a blog entry that seemed to take a different perspective - the right perspective.
Jess Rubenstein is the author of The Prospect Park - a blog that is mainly about coverage of Ranger prospects on a daily basis but it gets expanded out to the Canadian Juniors, NCAA and whatever leagues that young players are chasing the dream of becoming NHL players. Jess brings the fans and prospects together so they are not the "unknowns" by the time the prospects make it to a Ranger training camp. The fans get to learn of what a prospect goes though and the prospect gets to learn about what the Ranger fans are expecting from them. Jess will talk to anyone and everyone who sees the prospects in action so readers get more than just one set of eyes as these kids grow into possible pro players.
Courtesy of Jess Rubenstein of The Prospect Park, here is his story - a look at a more serious developing problem when 3 talented young men in 8 months either lose their lives or are forced to quit playing. So let's put away the conspiracy theories and other controversial items - allow me (via Jess) to show a different side to this tragic story.