19-Year Old Russian Hockey Player Timur Fayzutdinov Dies From Complications After Puck Strike to the Head

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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.

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

About Michael Fleetwood

Michael Fleetwood was born into a family of diehard Capitals fans and has been watching games as long as he can remember. He was born the year the Capitals went to their first Stanley Cup Final, and is a diehard Caps fan, the owner of the very FIRST Joe Beninati jersey and since then, has met Joe himself. His favorite player became former Capital Nate Schmidt after he met Schmidt in a Hershey hotel while in Hershey PA to see the Bears play, shortly after Schmidt was injured during a conditioning stint. Michael is also a fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Orioles, and enjoys photography, watching WildEarth TV's SafariLive live safaris, and watching animals in his spare time. (Photo by Adam Vingan in 2014 at the Capitals Development Camp).
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3 Responses to 19-Year Old Russian Hockey Player Timur Fayzutdinov Dies From Complications After Puck Strike to the Head

  1. Anonymous says:

    Rest in peace Timur we will miss you

  2. Jon Sorensen says:

    RIP Timur.

  3. Scottlew73 says:

    Tragic story but also can’t help but think thier was unknown health condition,there were @ least 3-4 times in tonight’s Wings & Canes game where players were hit by pucks to head area. It seams as if KHL must have very poor record with players being lost to health conditions. Wasn’t it 3-4 years back that Rangers lost first round pick to heart issue. Plus a couple of on ice incidents as well. Still thoughts go out to his family on loss.

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