Russian hockey plunged into grief. Valentin Rodionov, a junior national team member, died at the age of 16. His club Dynamo Moscow informed about it.
A defender who played in the national under-17 national team in Piešťany at the end of October this year (his team defeated Slovaks 4: 1 and 9: 0 a year older) lost consciousness on the substitute a week ago during a match between the Moscow championships and CSKA.
“He was immediately given first aid, after which he was taken to Morozov’s children’s clinic in Moscow, where he was operated on. The doctors fought for the life of the young player Dynamo for six days.
Valentin died today. Dynamo Moscow expresses its sincere condolences to Valentin’s family and friends. It is a great tragedy for the entire Dynamo hockey family, “the club said in a statement on Saturday.
As the portal writes RT.comRodionov crashed into a guardrail before the collapse.
The talented player has played ten matches in the current MHL youth season. According to the coach of the junior national team, Igor Jefimov, Rodionov successfully completed a thorough medical examination with the Russian team under 17 years of age.
“It is a terrible tragedy. Like everyone else, he underwent a medical examination. He was an absolutely healthy, strong boy, cheerful, full of strength and energy, “Jefimov told TASS.
“He was one of our key players at the training camp. He was a golden man and a reliable hockey player, a member of our family. We are all in shock, we will play and fight for him, “added the coach.
Matches of all professional hockey leagues in Russia will start with a minute’s silence on Sunday.