New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather issued a statement on behalf of the Rangers organization regarding the passing of Rangers forward Roman Lyashenko on Sunday, July 6. The 24-year-old was found dead in his hotel room by hotel staff on Sunday morning while vacationing in Turkey. The cause of death is unknown at this time.
"The New York Rangers organization is shocked and deeply saddened by the passing of Roman Lyashenko," said Sather. "Roman was a quality individual who had a positive impact on everyone he touched, both on and off the ice. We extend our deepest sympathies to his family, friends and teammates during this difficult time."
Lyashenko appeared in 71 games for the Hartford Wolf Pack (AHL) last season, registering 23 goals and 35 assists for 58 points, along with 44 penalty minutes. He ranked fourth on the club with 58 points, tied for fourth with 23 goals and fifth with 35 assists. Lyashenko also finished second on the club with a plus/minus rating of plus-25. His lone appearance for the Rangers this season came on December 8 vs. Boston.
The 6-0, 196-pounder appeared in 138 career NHL matches with the Rangers and Dallas Stars, collecting 14 goals and nine assists for 23 points, along with 55 penalty minutes. He was acquired by the Rangers from Dallas, along with Martin Rucinsky, on March 12, 2002 in exchange for Manny Malhotra and Barrett Heisten.
The native of Murmansk, Russia was orginally the Dallas Stars second round choice, 52nd overall, in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft.