Ice hockey is one of the world’s most intense and physically-demanding sports, and with that comes a degree of danger. Throughout recent history there have been notable tragedies that have hit the hockey world, both on and off the ice. The latest comes with the death of 19-year old Russian defenseman Timur Fayzutdinov, who died from complications from a puck strike to the head.
The 19-year old defenseman was the captain of Dynamo St. Petersburg of the Junior Hockey League (MHL), which is a subsidiary feeder league of the larger and well-known Kontinental Hockey League.
At the time of his death, Fayzutdinov was in intensive care after taking a puck to the head during a game against Yaroslavl Lokomotiv, a club that also saw tragedy when nearly the entire KHL club was lost in a plane crash in September 2011.
According to reports, Fayzutdinov suffered a fracture to the temporal bone and cerebral hemorrhaging and vital organs such as the heart and lungs ceased to function on their own. The prognosis did not appear to be in the right direction and the teenager passed away despite doctors’ best efforts to save his life. Following the news of the young player’s death, Dynamo St. Petersburg released the following statement:
“The club expresses condolences to the family and friends of Timur. Forever at Dynamo. Forever in our hearts.“
The KHL also released a similar statement, and announced that the Gagarin Cup games starting March 17-18 with begin with a moment of silence in Fayzutdinov’s memory.
KHL is saddened by passing of JHL Dynamo St. Petersburg player Timur Fayzutdinov (19 y.o.), after he suffered a head injury during JHL game.
Gagarin Cup Playoffs games on March 17-18 will be held in memory of him and will begin with a moment of silence.https://t.co/4a1hntXSeR
— KHL (@khl_eng) March 16, 2021
In 52 regular season games, the Chelyabinsk, Russia native recorded seven assists and was serving as Dynamo St. Petersburg’s MHL team captain this season.
NoVa Caps sends our condolences to the family, teammates, and fans of Timur Fayzutdinov.
By Michael Fleetwood