AP/ Jim Mone, file
November 9, 2004
Professional hockey player Sergei Zholtok died on Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2004 in his native Latvia during a game. The 31-year-old Nashville Predators forward died of heart failure about five minutes before the end of a game last week between Riga 2000, the Latvian team he was playing for during the NHL lockout, and Dinamo Minsk. He was diagnosed previously with an irregular heartbeat -- a condition that forced him to miss seven games for the Minnesota Wild in January 2003. "Zholi" scored 111 goals, assisted on 147 and drew 166 penalty minutes in 588 NHL games with Boston, Ottawa, Montreal, Edmonton, Minnesota and Nashville, where he finished last season after a March trade from Minnesota. He had a career-best 26 goals for the Canadiens in 1999-2000 and was a member of the Latvian team that won silver at the 1994 world championships. In this photo he had just scored the game-winning goal as the Wild beat the Vancouver Canucks 1-0 on Nov. 11, 2003, in St. Paul.