Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Dmitri Tertyshny was killed when he fell out of a boat and was slashed by the propeller while in British Columbia.
The 22-year-old Russian was on the boat with two players from the minor-league Philadelphia Phantoms, Francis Belanger and Mihail Chernov,when the accident occurred Friday night on Okanagan Lake near Kelowna.
Tertyshny had two goals and eight assists as a rookie last year in 62 games. He was drafted by the Flyers in the sixth round of the 1995 NHL entry draft but he continued to play in his hometown of Chelyabinsk, Russia, until joining the Flyers last season.
The players were in Kelowna for a power skating clinic.
Venus Williams made a winning debut in Fed Cup. Monica Seles faltered.
As a result, the heavily favored United States team tied with Italy going into today's reverse singles and doubles play.
Williams pounded out a 6-2, 6-3 victory Rita Grande in a little more than an hour. But Seles fell to Silvia Farina, Italy's top player, 6-4, 4-6, 6-4.
Blisters on her left -- serving -- hand raised questions about whether Seles will play the reverse singles.
The Americans have won the Fed Cup, the women's version of the Davis Cup, 15 times, hold a 7-0 record against Italy and were viewed as such dominating players that the Italian media dubbed them the Dream Team.
Germany's Tommy Haas beat Spain's Alex Corretja 6-4, 6-4 in the Mercedes Cup to reach the first clay court final of his career.
Haas, showing no signs of a three-week layoff since Wimbledon, kept the 1998 French Open finalist and clay court specialist off balance by attacking the net at every opportunity.
Haas, who will crack the top 15 in the next rankings, ended the match with a spectacular drop volley,as he reached today's final in the $1.04 million event.
Haas faces unseeded Magnus Norman, who beat Jiri Novak of the Czech Republic 6-1, 6-2. Norman's path to the final was made easier when top-seeded Gustavo Kuerten dropped out of their second-round match, pleading exhaustion.
Four people were injured when two powerboats collided during a race in Baltimore.
Two boats were making the final turn of the race near the Francis Scott Key Memorial Bridge on the Patapsco River. Footage from a news helicopter showed one boat making a turn, while a second continued forward, rode over the turning boat's bow and flipped.
Divers jumped into the water to rescue the pilot of the overturned boat. The unidentified racer was taken to University of Maryland Shock Trauma with possible head and back injuries. Another racer and two rescue workers suffered burns from racing fuel in the water.
The race was suspended for the day.
The crash occurred in the second day of the Chesapeake Challenge.
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