I know there is already a hockey thread, but I don't really see this fitting in there. The death of a player is a tragedy in all sports, not just the sport he played in.
Courtesy of the Associated Press:
"Latvian hockey players, officials, and fans were saddened Thursday after national star Sergei Zholtok died while playing in Belarus.
Zholtok left the game between Riga 2000, the club he was playing for during the NHL lockout, and Dinamo Minsk about five minutes before it ended on Wednesday night. He went back to the locker room where he collapsed and died, Riga 2000 president Viesturs Kozioles told The Associated Press in Riga.
Paramedics at the arena tried to revive him but were unsuccessful. Zholtok, who was known to have an irregular heartbeat, was 31."
I know Andrew Brunette's family (A player for the Wild if you don't know), who were close with Zholi. Here's the sad part that the article doesn't tell you:
Darby Hendrickson was playing with Zholi and Riga 2000, and was one of his best friends. He was the first one to come down the tunnel and find Zholi. He was still alive at the time. Darby kneeled down to see if Zholi was okay. Zholi looked up at him and said "Darby, don't leave me." Then he shut his eyes and died. Darby called Brunette's family that night and told them to tell everybody, and that's how I heard. So remember Zholi. And if you're interested in learning about the Sergei Zholtok Memorial fund, you can write to:
Sergei Zholtok Memorial Fund
c/o Wells Fargo Bank
900 East Wayzata Blvd.
Wayzata, MN 55391
I remember Zholi.