MOSCOW - The Russia-based Continental Hockey League will impose new regulations to safeguard the health of players in the wake of last week's death of Alexei Cherepanov.
The 19-year-old Cherepanov, a first-round draft pick of the New York Rangers, collapsed while on the bench during a game Oct. 16 between his club Avangard Omsk and Vityaz Chekhov.
The death is under investigation, but preliminary reports indicate he suffered from chronic ischemia, which reduces blood flow to the heart and other organs.
The league's board of directors on Tuesday called for two fully equipped ambulances to be posted at each game and for teams to ensure that doctors, including cardiologists and ophthalmologists, be at games to treat both players and spectators.
In addition, the board ordered in-depth medical examinations of all the league's younger players, the league said in a statement.