Monday, October 13, 2008

Shock and Awe On and Off the Ice

Today was as up and down as the stock market on Wall Street.
First the Rangers learned that Alexei Cherepanov, the top prospect in the organization, had collapsed on the bench while sitting next to Jaromir Jagr after a failed 2 on 1. He was later pronounced dead at a hospital. Jagr was reportedly crying and telling Cherepanov to wake up. After failed attempts to fully revive him Cherepanov was pronounced dead. He was 19. From a hockey perspective this is horrible but from an objective view, it is even worse. A kid no older than myself simply collapsed and died and it really is grounding to younger people who may think that they are invincible when they aren't even close. Tom Renney had a nice quote during the post game interview:

"Just stay humble. Work hard. Work harder than the other team every game, and work harder in practice,” Renney said. “Take nothing for granted, especially on a day like today. How could you? It’s a gift to be playing in this league. It’s a gift to walk the planet. So you know what, leave it on the ice every single night and let the results take care of themselves."

I don't think I could put it any better than Renney did right there. Thoughts and prayers go out to the Cherepanov family who are probably suffering one of, if not the, worst thing that could possibly happen to a family. 
Before tonight's game, the Rangers organization called for a moment of silence which was something that was great to see. Cherepanov was an important part to the organization's future and it was nice to see the Rangers recognizing that. I teared up while watching on TV, the atmosphere at the Garden must have been something else. 
The game went on as scheduled and the Rangers played a game that certainly looked like they were dedicated. the entire second line continued its absolutely stellar play as Aaron Voros took the reins tonight. He scored 2 goals, both on the powerplay with another assist while Brandon Dubinsky had a goal and 2 assists. Henrik Lundqvist continued his stellar play versus the Devils with 26 saves, improving his record against the New Jersey Devils to 13-2-4 life time with all of those games versus Martin Brodeur. 
The Rangers are off until Wednesday when they take on the Buffalo Sabres at Madison Square Garden. 

Picture found on HFboards here

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