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Uchaykin passes away after headshot in Kazakhstani game

Apr 1, 2013, 9:57 AM EDT

Dmitri Uchaykin

We have some terrible news to report.

Dmitri Uchaykin, a 32-year-old who played hockey in the Kazakhstani ice hockey league, has passed away after being the victim of a head hit during a playoff game.

Uchaykin was struck by Donatas Kumeliuskas during the contest, but was able to leave the ice on his own strength, according to the Sovetsky Sport via the Associated Press.

He drove home, but fell unconscious the following day. After being rushed to the hospital, he died of a stroke on Sunday.

Uchaykin played for Amur, which is now part of the KHL, for the majority of his career.

  1. jacketsfan7 - Apr 1, 2013 at 10:16 AM

    One more reason that hits to the head should be gone FOREVER

  2. sjsharks66 - Apr 1, 2013 at 10:16 AM

    Wow terrible news. This is why the NHL cant play favorites with suspensions.

  3. operwapitsai - Apr 1, 2013 at 10:31 AM

    Jesus! if only this was April fools day. terrible for the sport and prayers for his family. also prayers for the player who hit him, must be hard to live with. I bet there was some underlying problems not brought up before this though

  4. jpelle82 - Apr 1, 2013 at 10:38 AM

    cant be too overcautious with these head hits. they’re gonna happen. suspensions, fines, rules changes, etc wont keep guys from running into each other out there. i dont know the khl policies but i’m proud of the nhl and their dark room. once again, dont know if this guy got seen by a doctor before he left the rink, whether he continued to play after the hit but those things couldve played a part in it. the fact that he drove home tells me he wasnt showing symptoms if he was treated or examined…OR he just wasnt checked out at all.

    • atwatercrushesokoye - Apr 1, 2013 at 2:39 PM

      I disagree, if the NHL were to institute 25 game suspensions for head hits, regardless of whether the player was injured by it or not, you’d get players attention and they would change the way they play.

  5. modellforprez - Apr 1, 2013 at 10:42 AM

    geez thats awful. prayers to his family and loved ones and teammates.

  6. nhloon - Apr 1, 2013 at 10:59 AM

    Really sad, thoughts and prayers go out to the family.
    KHL………Oligarch owners, terrible medical staffs and just about the worst infrastructure in the country….would have more than likely lived playing in any other country.

  7. 19to77 - Apr 1, 2013 at 11:00 AM

    Er, “drove home?” No-one kept him under observation? I get that it’s Kazakhstan, but just letting him leave without monitoring his condition or anything… one can’t help but wonder if this outcome was avoidable.

  8. 19to77 - Apr 1, 2013 at 11:09 AM

    So, PHT users (and writers too):

    Almost no-one thinks the NHL’s way of treating headshots is ideal. There’s a lot of room to improve consistency and punishment severity, or so the general feeling seems to be. Question for you guys is, what do you think they SHOULD do to take headshots out of the game as much as possible? Major suspensions, team fines, what?

    • funkdoobie09 - Apr 1, 2013 at 1:51 PM

      “Major suspensions, team fines, what?”

      Very simple, dock teams points in the standings for these type of headshots. As for the playoffs, remove the player for the remainder of the playoffs along with another player of the other teams choosing.

    • atwatercrushesokoye - Apr 1, 2013 at 2:41 PM

      25 game suspensions, after the first couple suspensions you’d see this crap almost completely out of the game.

    • atwatercrushesokoye - Apr 1, 2013 at 2:43 PM

      Oh and the suspensions are 25 regular season or playoff games, no reductions because “playoff games mean more” you serve them all.

      • 19to77 - Apr 1, 2013 at 4:56 PM

        Agreed. The other half of that message is “Headshots mean less in the playoffs.” And if they think players aren’t using that exact logic to determine their actions, look no further than Shea Weber and the nearest glass pane versus Henrik Zetterberg’s skull. He never would have got away with that in the regular season.

  9. puckmepuckyou - Apr 1, 2013 at 11:27 AM

    Isn’t this the same league that killed a 19 year old by exploding his heart with amphetamines. The kid died in front of Jagrs face. Maybe they should look into their medical practice too . Let a guy drive home after a vicious head shot Brilliant !

  10. tatdue - Apr 1, 2013 at 11:30 AM

    You answered your own question….. Consistency, Consistency, Consistency! They bloody well have to stop playing favorites, and they also have to stop using injury as a factor in punishments. Just because one player gets injured and another doesn’t in similar situations doesn’t mean sh!t, because if the two situations were similar then both outcomes could have been similar. Things need to change….

    • tatdue - Apr 1, 2013 at 11:32 AM

      My post is in answer to 19to77’s comment….

  11. steelers88 - Apr 1, 2013 at 12:00 PM

    John 14:1-4 “Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in god; believe also in me. In my father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. And you know the way to where I am going.” He is the beginning and the end. Life is way more important then some silly little game called hockey. My prayers go with his family.

  12. kaptaanamerica - Apr 1, 2013 at 12:34 PM

    NHL needs to get a clue.no way does Nash get away With his hit to the head if the league is serious about concussions.

  13. Stiller43 - Apr 1, 2013 at 12:58 PM

    Wow, truly awful…any video of the hit surfaced? Was it crazy malicious?

    • yotesfan61 - Apr 1, 2013 at 4:07 PM

      SI has a pretty detailed story on the event including two videos. The second video does show the hit, but it is in the corner of the screen and does not quite catch it all. It does look late and it looks like the player who hit him went up high on him. You can see in the video Uchaykin gesture to the referee with his elbow. The article also says he may have played a few more shifts.

      http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/nhl/news/20130401/hockey-player-dmitri-uchaykin-killed-by-head-shot/

      • yotesfan61 - Apr 1, 2013 at 4:18 PM

        And although it does LOOK like he MAY have gone high on him…Finnish player Teemu Elomo was quoted as to saying the hit was square to the chest and clean. (he saw the hit “well” from the bench)

        This hit MAY have had no impact on the players death and there is no direct link between them that has been PROVEN….

        Knee jerk reactions do not fix anything. Hopefully they can sort all of this out and leagues can move forward with the correct knowledge of what actually happened.

  14. jhuck92 - Apr 1, 2013 at 2:47 PM

    that’s a pretty sick April Fool’s joke, PHT

  15. hockeydon10 - Apr 1, 2013 at 7:36 PM

    As far as the driving himself home bit, and apparently playing a few more shifts in that game, before collapsing at home and dying, one need look no further than the death of Liam Neeson’s wife.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Natasha_Richardson#Injury_and_death

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