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Roman Lyashenko
Position Centre
Shot Right
6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
193 lb (88 kg)
Teams Dallas Stars
New York Rangers
Nationality Flag of Russia Russian
Born May 2, 1979(1979-05-02),
Murmansk, Russian SFSR
Died July 6 2003 (aged 24),
Antalya, Turkey
NHL Draft 52nd overall, 1997
Dallas Stars
Pro Career 1995 – 2003

Roman Lyashenko (May 2, 1979 – July 6, 2003) was a Russian ice hockey player.

Born in Murmansk, he started his career in the NHL with the Dallas Stars during the 1999–2000 season. He went to the Stanley Cup Finals that season, but his team was defeated by the New Jersey Devils in six games. He played with Dallas until he was traded to the New York Rangers, along with Martin Ručínský, in exchange for Manny Malhotra and Barrett Heisten on March 12, 2002. He spent the rest of the season with the Rangers.

The following year, he played only two games with the New York Rangers while spending the majority of that season with their farm team, the Hartford Wolf Pack. On July 7, 2003, he was found dead in a hotel room in Turkey where he was vacationing with his mother and sister—it was reported that he committed suicide.

Lyashenko, due to his worsening emotional conditioning had on occasion tried to slit his wrists, but after the failed attempts finally hanged himself with a belt. He left a suicide note saying that he had an incurable disease, although medical examiners did not find any evidence of a disease.

International statisticsEdit

Year Team Event Place   GP G A Pts PIM
1997 Russia WJC Bronze medal icon 6 1 2 3 4
1998 Russia WJC Silver medal icon 7 0 3 3 6
1999 Russia WJC Gold medal icon 7 3 2 5 0
Junior int'l totals 20 4 7 11 10
2002 Russia WC Silver medal icon 9 0 2 2 14

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