MINNESOTA WILD TO HONOR MEMORY OF FORMER PLAYER
TEAM WILL MEMORIALIZE SERGEI ZHOLTOK AT NOVEMBER 19 GAME
SAINT PAUL/MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – The National Hockey League’s (NHL) Minnesota Wild announced today that the organization will use the team’s Saturday, November 19 game against the Nashville Predators to honor the memory of former Wild player Sergei Zholtok.
Prior to the 7:00 PM game against the Predators, a concourse display will be unveiled near Gate 3 that will include a Zholtok story and memorabilia. A pre-game video celebrating his life will also be shown to fans. Additionally, members of Zholtok’s on and off-ice family will be in attendance, and in his memory, both teams will wear “SZ” stickers on their helmets. A photo of Sergei currently hangs in both the Predators and Wild locker rooms.
Zholtok, a veteran of 588 NHL games, played in 210 games over the course of three seasons with the Wild from 2001-2004 and collected 110 points (48-62=110). He appeared in 11 regular season contests and six playoff games with Nashville in 2003-04. Zholtok died at the age of 31 during a game in his native Latvia on November 3, 2004, where he was playing for HC Riga 2000.
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