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Hundreds Pay Last Respects to Hockey Player Sergei Zholtok

Hundreds of Latvian ice hockey fans, officials and players have paid their last respects to Sergei Zholtok, the long-time National Hockey League and Latvian national team player who died during a game last week in Belarus.

Hundreds of fans, many wearing Latvian national hockey team jerseys with black armbands, packed Riga's historic House of Blackheads building Monday for a memorial service. He was buried later in the day in Riga.

The 31-year-old veteran forward was playing for the Latvian team Riga 2000 during the NHL lockout. Zholtok was going to the dressing room when he died of heart failure about five minutes before the end of last Wednesday's game against Dinamo Minsk. He had previously been diagnosed with an irregular heartbeat.

Zholtok played for six NHL teams starting in 1992. During his career, Zholtok had 111 goals and 147 assists. He is survived by his wife and two sons.

Some information for this report provided by AP.