North Americans could avoid KHL
Death raises questions about league's safety
"Definitely, thinking about it now, they don't pay attention to a lot of the little things that are an everyday thing in the NHL. You always see an ambulance here. They might have been there, but I can see something like this happening. For a [Canadian] guy like me, you'd think about it a little it harder now if you're going to make that choice to get over there."
But [TSN analyst Pierre] McGuire's "negotiation tool" comment and other KHL critics who are using this death as affirmation of the Russian league's inferiority are being irresponsible ... for McGuire to claim the KHL is somehow invalidated as an option for professional players because of this tragedy is complete hyperbole.I'll say this much: North American players are certainly going to think twice about taking the money and playing in Russia.
There is ample evidence that there was extreme negligence in the Cherepanov case, from the lack of a working defibrillator to the absence of an ambulance at the game. What does it say when it's a life-threatening situation that required immediate action and there's not even a stretcher to carry him out of the arena on?
Now, there's even questions about what caused his death.
Former NHL star Igor Larionov is part of the KHL board of directors and has had experience with these sorts of issues. He was in the stands on the night Red Wings defenceman Jiri Fischer collapsed at the bench and knew something similar could potentially happen in Russia:
"I was sitting in the stands that night when it happened. I will never forget it. And I warned the KHL about things like this."The fact of the matter is that medical treatment, in general, is not up to North American standards in Russia, and it likely would have taken something of this magnitude to improve emergency situation conditions for players in the KHL.
Even so, for a lot of players playing in North America, I don't think the KHL gets its second chance.