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Former KHL player Boris Sadecky has died after collapsing on the ice during a game in Austria on Saturday. The Slovak forward was aged just 24.

Sadecky made his KHL debut in 2016/17 while still a junior. He played four games in that campaign and returned the following season. In that full season he had 4 (2+2) points in 48 regular season games after joining from his hometown team Dukla Trencin. He later returned to Dukla and this season he was playing with Bratislava Capitals in Austria’s cross-border ICEHL.

During a game at Dornbirn on Saturday, Sadecky collapsed. He was taken to hospital where his condition was reported to stable as he remained in intensive care. However, despite the best efforts of the medics, the young forward never recovered. On the evening of Nov. 3, Bratislava Capitals’ sporting director Dusan Pesek announced that the player had died.

Sadecky’s brief KHL career showed flashes of huge potential – something confirmed by his later form with Dukla in the Slovak championship. The highlight of Sadecky’s time in our league came during Slovan’s home game against Lokomotiv on October 25, 2017, when he scored the goal of the season early in the third period. Bursting into the Loko zone, he outwitted defenseman Pavel Koledov before getting to the net and impudently beating Alexander Sudnitsin with a beautifully improvised shot through his own legs. That tied the game at 2-2 before Lokomotiv grabbed a late winner thanks to Pavel Kraskovsky.

The thoughts and sympathies of everyone associated with the KHL are with Boris’s family, friends and colleagues throughout the hockey world.

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