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Newz Forum: HOCKEY: Latvian hockey player Sergei Zholtok collapses and dies.

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posted on Nov, 4 2004 @ 08:27 AM
Near the end of a hockey game in Belarus, Zholtok came off the ice and headed for the locker room, collapsing on the way. On site medical personel were unable to revive him. Zholtok had most recently been a member of the Nashville Predators and the Minnesota Wild previous to that. Zholtok was known to have heart problems, which caused him to leave games early and miss several after spending a few days in the hospital. Latvia, Nashville, Minnesota, and the NHL will miss a great person, on and off the ice.

Associated Press
RIGA, Latvia - Latvian hockey players, officials, and fans were saddened Thursday after national star Sergei Zholtok died while playing in Belarus.

Zholtok left the game between Riga 2000, the club he was playing for during the NHL lockout, and Dinamo Minsk about five minutes before it ended on Wednesday night. He went back to the locker room where he collapsed and died, Riga 2000 president Viesturs Kozioles told The Associated Press in Riga.

Paramedics at the arena tried to revive him but were unsuccessful. Zholtok, who was known to have an irregular heartbeat, was 31.

You will be missed Sergei! I am happy that I was able to watch you play here in Minnesota.


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