List of ice hockey players who died during their playing careers

This is a list of ice hockey players who died during their playing careers.

Player deathsEdit

Before 1931Edit

Age Player Nationality Date of death Cause of death Notes
28 Fred Higginbotham   Canada September 7, 1896 horse riding accident Member of the Winnipeg Victorias; won Stanley Cup in February 1896 in a challenge match against the Montreal Victorias.
Frank Falvey[1]   United States January 14, 1903 acute peritonitis Member of the MIT men's ice hockey team and club president.
24 James A. McGee[2]   Canada May 15, 1904 horse riding accident Member of the Ottawa Silver Seven, captain of the Ottawa Rough Riders; brother of Frank McGee.
23 Archie Hooper[3] October 11, 1904 complications from on-ice injury Member of 1902 and 1903 Montreal Hockey Club Stanley Cup champions.
24 Alcide Laurin[4] February 24, 1905 on-ice head injury He received what The Ottawa Journal claimed on February 25, 1905, was an accidental stick blow to the head by 19-year-old Allan Loney, a player on a rival team from Maxville, Ontario.
22 Owen McCourt March 7, 1907 on-ice head injury Murder charges were laid against other players in game in Cornwall, Ontario. There were no convictions.
28 Hod Stuart June 23, 1907 open water 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 Edgar Dey February 13, 1912 on-ice chest injury Stanley Cup winner with Ottawa Senators in 1909.
24 Scotty Davidson 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 Del Irvine[5] April 13, 1916 pneumonia Played professionally for Portland Rosebuds. PCHA champion in 1916.
32 Hamby Shore October 13, 1918 influenza Played nine seasons for the Ottawa Senators.
26 Hobey 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 Joe 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.
22 Foley Martin   Canada December 9, 1923 blood poisoning Played two seasons in the Western Canada Hockey League from 1921 to 1923 with the Calgary Tigers. Died during opening road trip to start 1923–24 WCHL season.
34 Jack Darragh   Canada June 28, 1924 ruptured appendix Played thirteen seasons for the Ottawa Senators. Member of the Hockey Hall of Fame.
39 Georges 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°. 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 George 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. Drowned while attempting to swim to shore during a sudden storm that capsized his boat; two friends and a local guide survived.
26 Edward Baker   Canada January 10, 1929 on-ice skull fracture Played two professional seasons, in Hamilton (Can-Pro) and Niagara (IHL). Collided with a teammate and left the ice unassisted. He checked into a nearby hospital, where he died the following morning.

1930–1969Edit

Age Player Nationality Date of death Cause of death Notes
26 Bobby Connors   United Kingdom July 27, 1931 diving accident Played three seasons and 78 games in the NHL from 1926 to 1929–30 for the New York Americans and Detroit Cougars.
29 Charlie 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 Jack "Newsy" Leswick August 7, 1934 drowning Played 37 games for the Chicago Black Hawks in 1933–34. Body found in the Assiniboine River without his wallet or other valuables. Stanley Cup Champion in 1934.
30 Earl Miller 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 Howie Morenz 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 as 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 Russell McConnell 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.
24 Norbert Sterle   United States November 19, 1943 World War II casualty Played one season at Illinois, led program to an Intercollegiate championship.
30 Don Deacon   Canada December 25, 1943 fall from balcony Played three seasons and 30 games for the Detroit Red Wings from 1936 to 1940.
20 Dudley Garrett 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 Joe Turner 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 Harijs Mellups   Latvia 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, which lost 11 players in the 1950 Sverdlovsk plane crash.
27 Roberts Šūlmanis Played several seasons in the Soviet League for Dinamo Riga. Joined VVS Moscow in 1949.
24 Ivan Novikov   Soviet Union 1947 Soviet Championship bronze medal winner. 1948 Soviet Championship silver medal winner.
30 Boris Bocharnikov 1947 Soviet Championship gold medal winner. 1948 Soviet Championship bronze medal winner.
31 Zdenek Zigmund 1947 Soviet Championship bronze medal winner. 1948 Soviet Championship silver medal winner.
27 Yuri Tarasov Brother of hall of fame player Anatoli Tarasov.
Vasily Volodin Undisclosed
Eugeny Voronin
Yuri Zhiburtovich
Victor Isaev
Alexander Moiseev
24 Bill 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 Ross Lowe 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.
28 Murray 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 Jarmo 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 Butch Paul   Canada March 25, 1966 Played three games for the Detroit Red Wings in 1964–65.
29 Bill Masterton 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.
27 Elov Seger March 8, 1968 brain tumor All-American, helped Michigan Tech win a National Championship in 1962.
22 Viktor 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 Wayne 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.

1970–1989Edit

Age Player Nationality Date of death Cause of death Notes
40 Terry 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 Michel Brière 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 Konstantin Klimov   Soviet Union January 8, 1972

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).

28 Lennart Svedberg   Sweden July 29, 1972[6] Represented Sweden in the 1968 Winter Olympics and six IIHF World Championships; in the 1970 World Championships he was named top defenceman
44 Tim Horton   Canada February 21, 1974 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.
22 Mikhail 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 Bob 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 Veikko 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 Scott 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 Alexander Najdenov   Soviet Union 1979 murdered, smothering Forward. Played for HC Spartak Moscow. His murderer was never found.
26 Don 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 Valeri Kharlamov   Soviet Union August 27, 1981 Played in three Olympics, 11 IIHF World Championships and the 1972 Summit Series. Member of the Hockey Hall of Fame.
28 Rauli 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.
22 André Aubut   Canada 1982 on-ice injury All-American, played 4 years at Maine. Died after suffering a freak injury in a game of pickup hockey during the summer of 1982.
25 Palle Schultz   Denmark December 1984 injury Played several seasons in Danish 1. Division and won championship title in 1983 with Herlev IK. Died in December 1984 in Kopenhagen Hospital after he was hit by stick during league game[7]
17 Anatoli 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 Pelle 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 George 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 Trent Kresse[8]   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 Scott Kruger[8]   Canada
20 Chris Mantyka[8]   Canada
16 Brent Ruff[8]   Canada 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 Andrew Zemko   Soviet Union July 1988 unknown, supposedly heart attack Defenseman, played for Torpedo Togliatti during 1985–1988. Died during cross-country run in training camp.
30 Bjørn Skaare   Norway June 21, 1989 car accident One game in the NHL for the Detroit Red Wings. First Norwegian to play in the NHL.
18 Neil Carnes   United States July 30, 1989 motorcycle crash Neil Carnes played in the QMJHL from 1986–87 through 1988–89 with the Verdun Junior Canadiens and the Laval Titan. Drafted in the 3rd round (46th overall) by the Montreal Canadiens in the 1988 NHL Entry Draft, Carnes died in a motorcycle accident in his hometown of Plymouth, Michigan shortly after playing in the 1989 Memorial Cup with Laval. Neil scored 79 goals and had 145 assists for a total of 224 points in 164 career QMJHL games.
23 Duncan MacPherson   Canada August 9, 1989 Hit by snow grooming machine, then buried[9] Drafted 20th overall in the 1984 NHL Entry Draft by the New York Islanders. Frozen body found in a glacier in 2003.

1990–1999Edit

Age Player Nationality Date of death Cause of death Notes
18 Kirill Tarasov   Soviet Union 1990 car crash Candidate for the Soviet National 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 Luděk 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 Vladimirs 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, who later played in the United Hockey League.[10]
19 Miran 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.[11]
19 Artem Kopot   Russia July 20, 1992 car crash A promising defenceman with the world champion Commonwealth of Independent States national junior team. Drafted in sixth round of the 1992 NHL Entry Draft by the Pittsburgh Penguins, Kopot was involved in a fatal one-car crash the following month in his hometown, five days prior to his twentieth birthday.
30 Roger Hägglund   Sweden June 6, 1992 Played three games for the Quebec Nordiques in 1984–85.
27 John Kordic   Canada August 8, 1992 lung failure due to heart malfunction from a 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 Gary 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 Mike Colman   United States April 5, 1994 car crash Played fifteen games for the San Jose Sharks in 1991–92.
27 Peter Mrozik   United States
  Slovakia
June 28, 1994 car crash Slovak-born American ice hockey player. Played in the 1st. Slovak National Hockey League in 1991.[12] Later Mrozik resumed his career in Estonia.[13]
24 Jakub Szal   Poland December 8, 1994 heart attack Played in the Polish Extraliga for Podhale Nowy Targ, STS Sanok.[14]
23 Piotr Milan January 23, 1995 bus accident Played in the Polish Extraliga for STS Sanok.[15]
29 Peter Karlsson   Sweden March 11, 1995 stabbed to death Played in the SEL for VIK Västerås HK.
28 Bengt Åkerblom[16] October 15, 1995 on-ice accident Played 53 SEL games for Djurgårdens IF and five seasons for Mora IK in the second-level league. Neck was cut by a skate during an exhibition game.
21 Alexander Osadchy   Russia 1996 suicide Drafted in round 4, #80 overall, by the San Jose Sharks during the 1993 NHL Draft.
25 Michel Breistroff   France July 17, 1996 airplane crash Played for French national team at 1996 Men's World Ice Hockey Championships. Played NCAA Division I hockey for Harvard University.
25 Jeff Batters   Canada August 23, 1996 car crash Played 16 games over two seasons for the St. Louis Blues from 1993 to 1995.
24 Yanick Dupré 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 Graham Christie[17] 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 Stéphane Morin October 6, 1998 heart attack, during game 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 Chad Silver[18]   Canada
   Switzerland
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 Tibor Haviar   Slovakia 1999 shooting Was goalkeeper, played for MHk 32 Liptovský Mikuláš and STS Sanok and represented Western Slovakia. Shot dead by unknown offender.[19]
34 Petri Rautianen   Finland 1999 brain tumor 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 tumor. His jersey was retired by Newcastle in 2001.[20]
32 Steve Chiasson   Canada May 3, 1999 Impaired Driving Played thirteen seasons and 751 games in the NHL for the Detroit Red Wings, Calgary Flames, Hartford Whalers and Carolina Hurricanes from 1986–87 to 1998–99.
22 Dmitri Tertyshny[21]   Russia July 23, 1999 slashed jugular vein in boat accident Played 62 games for the Philadelphia Flyers in 1998–99

2000–2009Edit

Age Player Nationality Date of death Cause of death Notes
28 Artur Malicki   Poland February 14, 2001 hit by car as a pedestrian Played in the Polish Extraliga for Unia Oświęcim.[22]
38 Sergei Ageikin   Russia May 31, 2001 leukemia[23] Played for Spartak Moskwa, Podhale Nowy Targ, Vityaz Podolsk, participated in IIHF World Championships 1986 (won gold medal with Soviet Union).
32 Viacheslav Bezukladnikov July 10, 2001 liver cirrhosis Master of Sports, forward. Champion of Russia (1994, 1996), winner of the European Cup (1997). Played for Avtomobilist Sverdlovsk, SKA Sverdlovsk, HC Lada Togliatti and the Russian national team, including at the 1994 Winter Olympics. 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 Zoltan 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 Alexei Yegorov   Russia March 2, 2002 drug overdose Drafted in round 3 #66 overall by the San Jose Sharks during the 1994 NHL Draft.
22 Alexander Krevsun[24]   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 Terence Tootoo   Canada August 26, 2002 suicide Played for the Roanoke Express (ECHL) and OCN Blizzard (MJHL). Brother of NHLer Jordin Tootoo.
24 Roman Lyashenko[25]   Russia July 5, 2003 suicide Played four seasons in the NHL for the Dallas Stars and New York Rangers from 1999 to 2003.
23 Trevor 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.
27 Grzegorz Pastuszak   Poland August 14, 2003 hit by car as a pedestrian Played in the Polish Extraliga for SKH Sanok.
25 Dan Snyder[26]   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 Viktor Karachun   Belarus August 11, 2004 cancer[27] 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 Anatoli Ustyugov[28]   Russia September 27, 2004 murder, head injury Played in Russia on teams such as Amur Khabarovsk, Lada Tolliati, and Spartak Moscow.
31 Sergejs Žoltok[29]   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 Jaxon Logan[30]   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 Jonathan 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. 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 Stefan 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 Alexei Savin   Belarus June 18, 2007 car crash Played for the Belarusian national team.
30 Martin Čech   Czech Republic September 6, 2007 car crash Played in the Czech Extraliga.
26 Darcy Robinson[31]   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 Mickey Renaud[32] 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 Luc Bourdon[33] 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 KJ Ramolla 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 Igor 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 Domagoj Kapec   Croatia September 12, 2008 car crash Played for KHL Zagreb in his homeland. Represented Croatia at two IIHF World Junior Hockey Championships.
19 Alexei Cherepanov[34][35]   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.[citation needed]
21 Don 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 Gábor Ocskay[36]   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 Kiril Vajarov[37]   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 Robert Müller[38]   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 Alexei Kuchin   Russia September 26, 2009 car crash Forward. Played for HC Krilya Sovetov (MHL, Russia).

2010–2019Edit

Age Player Nationality Date of death Cause of death Notes
23 Igor Misko[39]   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 a car in the Kolpino region of St. Petersburg.
20 Ben Pearson[40]   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 a hospital after collapsing following a bodycheck in national junior league game. It was later announced that Markus suffered from a heart illness.[41]
28 Tom Cavanagh[42]   United States January 7, 2011 suicide[43] 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 is a member of the NHL's Seattle Kraken.
28 Derek Boogaard 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.[44]
27 Rick Rypien August 15, 2011 suicide[45] Played 119 NHL games between 2005 and 2011.
36 Pavol Demitra   Slovakia September 7, 2011 plane crash[46] 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.[47]
30 Josef Vašíček   Czech Republic 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.[47]
32 Karel Rachůnek 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.[47]
31 Jan Marek 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.[47]
30 Stefan Liv   Sweden 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 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 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
  Russia
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 Played 158 regular games in the KHL. 2000 World U20 Championship Silver Medal winner.
24 Gennady Churilov 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 Member of the German National team in 2007, 2010 and 2011 IIHF World Championships.
23 Marat Kalimulin   Russia Played 102 regular games in the KHL. 2008 IIHF World U20 Championship Bronze Medal winner.
23 Alexander Kalyanin 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 Played 107 regular games in the KHL. 2007 IIHF World U20 Championship Silver Medal winner.
21 Nikita Klyukin 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 Played 36 regular games in the KHL for Lokomotiv Yaroslavl.
18 Maxim Shuvalov   Russia 2011 World U18 Championship Bronze Medal winner. Played 51 regular games in the MHL for Loko Yaroslavl.
19 Pavel Snurnitsyn   Russia Played 115 regular games in the MHL for Loko Yaroslavl.
20 Daniil Sobchenko   Ukraine
  Russia
Played 51 regular games in the KHL for Lokomotiv Yaroslavl. 2011 World Junior Championship Gold Medal winner.
31 Ivan Tkachenko   Russia 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 Played 589 regular games in Russian Super League and KHL.
20 Yuri Urychev Played 23 regular games in the KHL for Lokomotiv Yaroslavl. 2011 World Junior Championship Gold Medal winner.
23 Alexander Vasyunov 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
  Russia
Goaltender. Played 647 regular games in Russian Super League and KHL. Winner of 2003–04 Russian Superleague championship.
21 Artem Yarchuk   Russia 2008 World U18 Championship Silver Medal winner.
26 Alexander Galimov September 12, 2011 injuries sustained in a plane crash[48][49] Member of the silver-medal winning Russian U20 team at the 2005 IIHF World U20 Championship
16 Maxim Koposov February 17, 2012 hit by puck during game[50]
23 Bryan Rufenach   Canada June 4, 2012 electrocution[51] 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[52]
32 Dmitri Uchaykin March 31, 2013 hit in head during game[53] 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[54] 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[55] 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[56] Played for Acadie–Bathurst Titan in the QMJHL
27 Tomasz Stasiowski   Poland October 5, 2013 motorcycle crash[57] Played in the Polish Extraliga for TMH Polonia Bytom, and for Poland U-18, U-20.[58]
19 Peter Halash   United States January 5, 2014 car accident[59] Played for the Topeka Roadrunners in the NAHL.[59] Died in a single-car accident on icy roads in Kansas.[59]
20 Terry Trafford   Canada March 11, 2014 suicide[60] Played for the Saginaw Spirit in the OHL.[61] Died as a result of self-inflicted asphyxiation after going missing 8 days prior.[60]
30 Jozef Salajka   Slovakia May 20, 2014 motorcycle accident"[62] Played 5 games for MsHK Žilina in Slovak extraliga. Salajka spent his entire career in minor leagues in Slovakia and Czech Republic.
21 Nick Egan   United States August 9, 2014 hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, cardiac arrest[63] Defenceman for the Estevan Bruins of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League. Had graduated from the team and was pursuing a professional contract.[64]
16 Alexander Orekhov   Russia February 2, 2016 hit in the neck by a puck[65] Played for Metallurg Novokuznetsk of the Russia U18 League. Played 18 games, picking up 9 points before his death.
14 Ladislav Balogh   Slovakia December 12, 2016 hit by a police car[66] Played for HC Petržalka 2010. He died just one day after his birthday.
20 Markus Olsson   Sweden April 9, 2017 drowning[67] Goaltender for MODO Hockey's youth team.
25 Michael Doan   Canada July 15, 2017 car crash[68] Played for the Soo Thunderbirds of the NOJHL, Wellington Dukes and the Huntsville Wildcats of the OJHL from 2010 to 2012. Played three seasons with the Northern Michigan University, and then a year with the Windsor Lancers CIS hockey team. Completed his first season in the SPHL with the Knoxville Ice Bears and the Evansville Thunderbolts
24 Sarah Stevenson October 31, 2017 complications from neisseria meningitidis[69] Played 34 games for the Toronto Furies of the CWHL during the 2015–16 season. Also played all four seasons at Liberty University. First ACHA player drafted in the CWHL.
16 Adam Herold April 6, 2018 bus crash[70] Played 1 regular season game in the SJHL with the Humboldt Broncos and played 4 regular season games in the Western Hockey League with the Prince Albert Raiders. Was drafted 35th overall in the 2016 WHL Bantam Draft by the Prince Albert Raiders.
18 Logan Hunter Played 55 regular season games in the SJHL with the Humboldt Broncos.
20 Jaxon Joseph Played 104 regular season games in the SJHL between the Humboldt Broncos & Melfort Mustangs and played 21 regular season games in the BCHL with the Surrey Eagles. Son of NHL defenseman Chris Joseph.
19 Jacob Leicht Played 43 regular season games in the SJHL with the Humboldt Broncos.
21 Conner Lukan Played 56 regular season games in the SJHL with the Humboldt Broncos and played 161 regular season games in the AJHL with the Spruce Grove Saints. Was drafted 166th overall in the 2012 WHL Bantam Draft by the Brandon Wheat Kings.
20 Logan Schatz Played 187 regular season games in the SJHL with the Humboldt Broncos. Was drafted 186th overall in the 2012 WHL Bantam Draft by the Kootenay Ice. Schatz was the Broncos team captain.
18 Evan Thomas Played 49 regular season games in the SJHL with the Humboldt Broncos. Was drafted 209th overall in the 2014 WHL Bantam Draft by the Kootenay Ice.
18 Parker Tobin Played 22 regular season games in the SJHL with the Humboldt Broncos and played 48 regular season games in the AJHL between the Spruce Grove Saints, Drayton Valley Thunder & Olds Grizzlys.
21 Stephen Wack Played 99 regular season games in the SJHL between the Humboldt Broncos and played 76 regular season games in the AJHL between the Whitecourt Wolverines & Camrose Kodiaks. Was drafted 156th overall in the 2012 WHL Bantam Draft by the Prince George Cougars.
21 Logan Boulet April 7, 2018 injuries sustained in a bus crash[70] Played 134 regular season games in the SJHL between the Humboldt Broncos & Kindersley Klippers.
32 Sergei Ogorodnikov   Russia June 2018 personal water craft accident[71] A 2004 New York Islanders' draft pick, Ogorodnikov represented Russia on two World Juniors teams and played primarily in Russia from 2003-2018.
18 Alec Reid   Canada March 3, 2019 complications related to epilepsy[72] Played one season in the QMJHL between the Drummondville Voltigeurs and Blainville-Boisbriand Armada, with whom he was a member of at the time of his death.
21 Arunas Bermejo   Mexico April 25, 2019 heart attack[73] Had moved to Lithuania to further his hockey career. Played for the Mexico national team at junior level and at the 2017 Division IIB World Championship.
24 Florian Janny   Austria October 6, 2019 murder[74] Shot to death along with his girlfriend and her family members.
29 Samvel Mnatsyan   Russia October 6, 2019 cancer[75] Defenceman. Played 183 games in the KHL for Barys Nur-Sultan, HC Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk and Admiral Vladivostok.

2020–present dayEdit

Age Player Nationality Date of death Cause of death Notes
18 Vilen Prokofyev   Kazakhstan February 3, 2020 Ewing's sarcoma[76] Goaltender. Played in the MHL for the Snezhnye Barsy. Played 4 games for the Kazakhstan U-18 team.
25 Colby Cave   Canada April 11, 2020 brain bleed due to a colloid cyst[77] Player in the NHL for the Edmonton Oilers. Also played in the NHL for the Boston Bruins. Was in medically induced coma prior to death.
20 Ondřej Buchtela   Czech Republic July 24, 2020 heart cancer[78] Played 27 regular season games for Piráti Chomutov of the Czech Extraliga over three seasons. He also had a number of loan spells in the 1st Czech Republic Hockey League and last played for HC Benátky nad Jizerou. Played in the 2017 IIHF World U18 Championships for the Czech Republic.
30 Adam Comrie   Canada August 8, 2020 motorcycle accident[79] Drafted 80th overall in the 2008 NHL draft by Florida Panthers. Comrie spent eight seasons in the AHL and the ECHL before joining Klagenfurt AC whom he helped capture league title in EBEL in 2019.
19 Timur Faizutdinov   Russia March 16, 2021 hit in head by puck[80] Faizutdinov was the captain of the MHK Dynamo St. Petersburg of the MHL at the time of his death.
32 Marek Trončinský   Czech Republic May 22, 2021 cause unknown at this time[81] Trončinský played as a defenseman for the team Gyergyói HK of the Erste Liga at the time of his death.
24 Matīss Kivlenieks   Latvia July 4, 2021 fireworks accident[82] Goaltender for the Columbus Blue Jackets of the NHL. Also played for the Latvian national team in the 2021 IIHF World Championship.
20 Mack Motzko   United States July 24, 2021 car crash[83] During his final season, played for Sioux Falls Stampede in USHL and New Mexico Ice Wolves in NAHL. Son of long-time college coach Bob Motzko.

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