Monday, June 23, 2014

Sergei Zholtok Jersey Card

Since I'm quoting 4-year old posts of late, I figured I could revisit the career of Sergei Zholtok (Sergejs Žoltoks in Latvian), particularly with a swatch card from his days with the Montréal Canadiens, from Pacific's 2001-02 Atomic set (card #30 of the Authentic Game-Worn Jerseys sub-set):
The white swatch, probably from the white (then-home) uniform, matches the picture on the front, and comes two years after he posted a 26-goal season to lead the Habs, which is why he's listed (though not pictured) as a member of the Minnesota Wild, even though the Canadiens had sent him to the Edmonton Oilers - for Chad Kilger - midway through the 2000-01 campaign). He did captain the Wild as part of their rotating captaincy of the early 00s; his stint took place in January 2003.

Never a huge NHL point-producer - his best seasons saw him hovering around the 40-point mark - he did post point-per-game statistics overseas, as well as in international tournaments, where he collected 10 goals and 10 assists for 20 points in 20 Juniors games with the Soviet and Russian teams, and 32 points (on 21 goals) in 34 games representing Latvia at various World Championships.

A post-mortem tribute (among many) can be found here. A dry recounting of the events that led to his demise can be found here.

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