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|Date of birth||December 2nd, 1972|
|Place of birth||Riga, LVA|
|Deceased on||November 3rd, 2004|
|Seasons - MTL||3|
GP Games played - Number of games the player has set foot on the ice
G Goals - Number of goals the player has scored
A Assists - Number of goals the player has assisted in
PTS Points - Scoring points, calculated as the sum of G and A
+/- Plus/Minus - The number of team goals for minus the number of team goals against while the player is on the ice
PIM Penalties infraction minutes - Number of penalty minutes the player has been assessed
A PLAYER WITH A TRAGIC DESTINY, SERGEI ZHOLTOK CAME OUT OF THE WOODWORK AT THE END OF THE 90S TO ENJOY HIS GREATEST YEARS AS AN NHLER IN MONTREAL WITH THE CANADIENS.
A centerman who was particularly handy around the opposing net, Sergei Zholtok had a goal-scorer’s instinct.
Drafted 55th overall by the Boston Bruins in 1992, he was released by the Bruins in 1995. After spending one season in the minors with Las Vegas, he signed with the Ottawa Senators.
After two seasons in the Canadian capital, Zholtok signed with the Canadiens as a free agent on September 9, 1998. His first season in Montreal had its ups and downs. He had seven goals and 15 assists in 70 games and spent seven games in the minors with the Fredericton Canadiens.
It was during his second season with the Habs that Zholtok enjoyed the most productive campaign of his career by potting a team-high 26 goals for the Habs in 1999-2000. Zholtok’s dream season also saw him lead the team with nine power-play goals and seven game-winners.
The Habs, however, were going through a rough patch at the time and there were frequent changes to the roster. Zholtok was traded to the Edmonton Oilers on December 18, 2000 in exchange for Chad Kilger.
He spent the rest of the season with Edmonton and was then traded to the Minnesota Wild. After a short stint with the Nashville Predators, he spent the lockout in Latvia playing for HK Riga 2000.
On November 3, 2004, in a game against HC Dinamo Minsk, Zholtok left the ice with five minutes remaining and collapsed on his way to the dressing room, where he died of a massive heart attack at the age of 31. He had learned several years earlier that he suffered from a cardiac arrhythmia.