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Artem Kopot
Born July 25, 1972(1972-07-25)
Chelyabinsk, Russia
Died July 20, 1992(1992-07-20) (aged 19)
Chelyabinsk, Russia
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight 178 lb (81 kg; 12 st 10 lb)
Position Defence
Shoots Right
Played for Traktor Chelyabinsk
NHL Draft 139th overall, 1992
Pittsburgh Penguins
Playing career 1991–1992

Artem Kopot (born on July 25, 1972) was a Russian professional ice hockey defenseman who died a month after being drafted by the National Hockey League (NHL)'s Pittsburgh Penguins.

Playing Career[]

Artem played 28 games for the Russian Superleague team Traktor Chelyabinsk. He did not score any goals or assists with the team, but he accumulated 16 penalty minutes.

Shortly after, the Penguins drafted him in the sixth round (139th overall) in the 1992 NHL Entry Draft.

He was the first Russian to be drafted by the Penguins and one of three Europeans to be drafted by the Penguins during the 1992 draft class.


On July 20, 1992, Artem was involved in a fatal one-car crash.

Penguins spokesperson Harry Sanders learned that he was driving alone at the time. He died a few days shy of his 20th birthday.