In a truly tragic scene, a Russian goaltender passed away during warmups a few nights ago.
Goaltender Passes Away During Warmup
It was announced that a 62-year-old Russian goaltender Nikolai Kuznetzov passed away on the ice during the warmups for a game.
Unfortunately, the goalie was unable to receive urgent care, as the teams opted at the beginning of the season not to pay for emergency services at games.
We talked with the teams before the season. They refused to take ambulances because it would make the championship more expensive. We will gather the division council. We are definitely in favor of ambulances being present at matches.
The director of the league released this statement:
What is the cause of death? We don't yet have all the information ourselves. I personally wasn't here at the game. It happened late. Goalkeeper Nikolai Kuznetsov was 62 years old. We are in touch with the hockey player's relatives. We will help them in everything." Director of SHL (Russian amateur league) Sergei Stolyarov
We wish the best to the family of Kuznetzov in this tough time.