When NHL prospect Alexei Cherepanov died yesterday at the age of 19, the hockey world was stunned - one of its brightest shining lights had passed away after collapsing alongside one of the sport's veteran players (Jaromir Jagr). Even non-hockey media picked up on the story, to the extent that today at work, several people (non-hockey types) came up to me, a hockey fan, to ask more about it.
The outpouring of surprise, grief, and even anger at the incident is a natural response to a tragic event. With that said, it's not surprising in a culture where we idolize premature death (Heath Ledger, Kurt Cobain, etc.) that certain insensitive types want to capitalize on Cherepanov's passing.
Currently, eBay has over 100 postings of Cherepanov related items, including rookie cards being offered for over $100.
While that might not be surprising, it should inspire plenty of grief and anger.
Click here to see a list of the number of things up for sale - I obviously discourage bidding, but if you can contact the seller, tell them off for me, and Cherepanov's family.