Sergei Zholtok, dead at 31
Sergei Zholtok, a centre who finished the 2003-2004 NHL season with
the Nashville Predators, died Wednesday in Latvia. He was 31.
A third-round pick of the Boston Bruins in 1992, Zholtok played 588
NHL games for six teams, scoring 111 goals and 258 points.
Zholtok was playing for Riga in Latvia this year and collapsed in the
team's dressing room before a game in Belarus. Zholtok was forced to
the sidelines a couple of times last year with mysterious health
ailments that included dizziness and fatigue. RDS is reporting that
he suffered from cardiac arrhythmia.
Zholtok had his greatest success with the Minnesota Wild, scoring a
career-high 42 points in 2002-2003, then following up with 13 points
in 18 playoff games as the Wild made an improbable run to the Western
He also played for Ottawa, Montreal and Edmonton in the NHL.