Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Capitalizing on the death of Alexei Cherepanov

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.


JH29 said...

wow. nice angle on the story. never looked at the story in this point of view
The Cherepanov and Bourdon accidents are tragic, for their families and the NHL. The question is whether these accidents can be prevented in the future. Maybe better testing on the NHL's part for the Cherepanov situation and educating the players (youngsters) on dangerous activities such as motorcycle etc... Just seems like more should/can be done to prevent tragedies like these from occuring in the future.... and it is ridiculous how the Rangers are seeking another pick to replace Cherepanov. My thoughts. http://jib-sports-culture.blogspot.com/2008/11/tragedy-for-promising-rookies.html

Dustin said...

@ jh29
Thanks for your comments! I agree - more could have / should have been done. The KHL is definitely going through scrutiny, but it's Russia, not the West, so we'll see if anything consequential comes of it.

Nice blog - as for your Canucks, I'll be visiting on Jan. 10 (my birthday) when the Sharks are in town. Gotta say hi to Bernier!