NASHVILLE -- Former Nashville Predators center Sergei Zholtok died yesterday in his native Latvia of an apparent heart ailment. He was 31.
The Predators' website said Zholtok, who was drafted by the Bruins in 1992 and played in Boston from 1992-94, died while playing for the Riga 2000 team this year during the NHL lockout.
TSN.ca reported that Zholtok excused himself from a game in Belarus and collapsed and died on the way to the locker room. Zholtok appeared in 588 NHL games from 1992-2004 with Boston, Ottawa, Montreal, Edmonton, Minnesota, and Nashville.