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Position Centre
Shot Right
Height
Weight
6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
185 lb (84 kg/13 st 3 lb)
Pro clubs Providence Bruins (AHL)
Boston Bruins (NHL)
Las Vegas Thunder (IHL)
Ottawa Senators (NHL)
Montreal Canadiens (NHL)
Fredericton Canadiens (AHL)
Quebec Citadelles (AHL)
Edmonton Oilers (NHL)
Minnesota Wild (NHL)
Nashville Predators (NHL)
Nationality 22x20px Latvia
Born December 2, 1972(1972-12-02),
Riga, Latvian SSR
Died November 3, 2004 (aged 31),
Minsk, BLR
NHL Draft Round 3, 55th overall, 1992
Boston Bruins
Pro career 1992 – 2004

</div></div> Sergei Zholtok (Latvian: Sergejs Žoltoks, Russian: Сергей Жолток) (December 2, 1972November 3, 2004) was a Latvian professional ice hockey center who played 10 seasons in the National Hockey League for the Boston Bruins, Ottawa Senators, Montreal Canadiens, Edmonton Oilers, Minnesota Wild and Nashville Predators.

Playing careerEdit

Zholtok was drafted by the Boston Bruins 55th overall in 1992 NHL Entry Draft. Prior to being drafted, he won a gold medal with USSR national team in IIHF Junior World Championships in 1992. After playing 25 games with the Boston Bruins in the 1992–93 NHL season and the 1993–94 NHL season, Zholtok spent the next years playing in minor leagues. Zholtok returned to NHL in the 1996–97 NHL season with the Ottawa Senators. In the following years, he played for the Montreal Canadiens, Edmonton Oilers, Minnesota Wild and the Nashville Predators.

During the 2004–05 NHL lockout, Zholtok returned to Latvia and played for the Riga 2000 team in the Latvian national hockey championship and the Open Belarus hockey championship. On November 3, 2004, his cardiac arrhythmia resurfaced during the game between HK Riga 2000 (Latvia) and HC Dinamo Minsk (Belorussia). Zholtok left the game with 5 minutes remaining, collapsing and dying after returning to the dressing room. An autopsy determined heart failure as the cause of death. This was not the first occurrence; in January 2003 he had to leave a game due to this arrhythmia, and had been observed in a hospital overnight. He was allowed to return to play after missing seven games.

During his 10 years in the NHL he played in 588 regular-season games, scored 111 goals and had 147 assists. He is survived by his wife, Anna, and sons Edgar and Nikita.

Awards & achievementsEdit

Career statisticsEdit

    Regular Season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1990–91 Dinamo Riga LHL 39 4 0 4 16 -- -- -- -- --
1991–92 Pardaugava Riga LHL 27 6 3 9 6 -- -- -- -- --
1992–93 Providence Bruins AHL 64 31 35 66 57 6 3 5 8 4
1992–93 Boston Bruins NHL 1 0 1 1 0 -- -- -- -- --
1993–94 Providence Bruins AHL 54 29 33 62 16 -- -- -- -- --
1993–94 Boston Bruins NHL 24 2 1 3 2 -- -- -- -- --
1994–95 Providence Bruins AHL 78 23 35 58 42 13 8 5 13 6
1995–96 Las Vegas Thunder IHL 82 51 50 101 30 15 7 13 20 6
1996–97 Las Vegas Thunder IHL 19 13 14 27 20 -- -- -- -- --
1996–97 Ottawa Senators NHL 57 12 16 28 19 7 1 1 2 0
1997–98 Ottawa Senators NHL 78 10 13 23 16 11 0 2 2 0
1998–99 Montreal Canadiens NHL 70 7 15 22 6 -- -- -- -- --
1998–99 Fredericton Canadiens AHL 7 3 4 7 0 -- -- -- -- --
1999–00 Quebec Citadelles AHL 1 0 1 1 2 -- -- -- -- --
1999–00 Montreal Canadiens NHL 68 26 12 38 28 -- -- -- -- --
2000–01 Montreal Canadiens NHL 32 1 10 11 8 -- -- -- -- --
2000–01 Edmonton Oilers NHL 37 4 16 20 22 3 0 0 0 0
2001–02 Minnesota Wild NHL 73 19 20 39 28 -- -- -- -- --
2002–03 Minnesota Wild NHL 78 16 26 42 18 18 2 11 13 0
2003–04 Minnesota Wild NHL 59 13 16 29 19 -- -- -- -- --
2003–04 Nashville Predators NHL 11 1 1 2 0 6 1 0 1 0
2004–05 HK Riga 2000 BHL 6 4 3 7 12 -- -- -- -- --
NHL Totals 588 111 147 258 166 45 4 14 18 0
Career Totals 959 278 322 600 355 75 37 112 149 16

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

Preceded by
Matt Johnson
Minnesota Wild captains
January 2003
Succeeded by
Brad Bombardir
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