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

Born in Murmanskmarker, 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 Turkeymarker 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.

He is interred at Leontyevskoe Cemetery in Yaroslavlmarker, Russia.

International statistics

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

See also


  1. NHL Player Roman Lyashenko Commits Suicide in Turkey Hotel – Pravda.Ru

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