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Hockey coach charged with fondling teen dies in jail cell

Feb 10, 2012, 9:33 PM EDT


An ugly story took a sad end on Friday. Ukrainian hockey coach Ivan Pravilov was found dead in a jail cell according to The Associated Press.

Officials believe that Pravilov committed suicide, although an official autopsy hasn’t been conducted yet. The hockey coach and trainer was arrested in January for allegedly having sexual contact with a teenage hockey player.* Pravilov reportedly pleaded not guilty to those charges.

Pravilov coached several NHL and college hockey players, including New Jersey Devils center Dainius Zubrus. The Associated Press reports that former hockey player Maxim Starchenko described him as “physically, mentally and sexually abusive” in a book.

Pravilov was 49 years old.

* – The official charge seems to be “traveling for the purpose of engaging in illicit sexual conduct and transporting a person to engage in criminal sexual activity.”

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  1. stakex - Feb 10, 2012 at 11:54 PM

    The whole Innocent until proven guilty thing aside…. I’m really not sure how “sad” this ending really is given what this guy was accused of.

  2. emoser - Feb 11, 2012 at 12:11 AM

    This is the way it should be. I really thought Sandusky would have done the same thing a long time ago.

  3. lesleyvissersfacelift - Feb 11, 2012 at 5:52 AM

    Why is this a “sad ending”?

    • revansrevenant - Feb 11, 2012 at 8:00 PM

      Because the Russians didn’t get to send him to a Gulag. I’m sure he would have loved Siberia.

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