Konstantin Koltsov, former NHL player and boyfriend of tennis star Aryna Sabalenka, dead at 42


Konstantin Koltsov, a Belarusian hockey participant who frolicked with the Pittsburgh Penguins within the NHL, has died, based on his Russian staff on Tuesday. He was 42.

Koltsov performed 144 video games for the Penguins from 2002 to 2006. He was a coach for Salvat Yulaev of the Kontinental Hockey League. The staff was primarily based within the metropolis of Ufa, which is situated about 832 miles west of Moscow.

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Konstantin Koltsov of the Pittsburgh Penguins. (Bruce Bennett Studios by way of Getty Photos Studios/Getty Photos)

“It’s with deep sorrow that we inform you that the coach of Salavat Yulaev, Konstantin Koltsov, has handed away,” the staff mentioned. “He was a powerful and cheerful particular person, he was beloved and revered by gamers, colleagues, and followers. Konstantin Evgenievich endlessly wrote himself into the historical past of our membership.

“Might he relaxation in peace.”

The Penguins additionally launched an announcement.

“The Penguins prolong their deepest condolences to the household and associates of former Penguins ahead, Konstantin Koltsov,” the staff mentioned.

Konstantin Koltsov in 2004

Pittsburgh’s Konstantin Koltsov is proven in a recreation towards Washington on March 30, 2004. (George Bridges/MCT/Tribune Information Service by way of Getty Photos)

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“The native of Belarus was the Penguins’ first-round draft selection in 1999 and was with the staff from 2003-206, taking part in 144 NHL video games. He was a teammate of each Sidney Crosby and Mario Lemieux throughout the 2005-06 season.”

The reason for dying was not made recognized.

Koltsov was additionally relationship tennis star Aryna Sabalenka. The 2 went public with their relationship in 2021. She was on the Indian Wells Open in California earlier than setting her sights on the Miami Open in Florida.

She has but to touch upon Koltsov’s dying.

Konstantin Koltsov plays for Belarus

Konstantin Koltsov of Belarus celebrates his second-period objective towards Switzerland on the IIHF World Ice Hockey Championship preliminary spherical at Colisee Pepsi on Might 5, 2008, in Quebec Metropolis, Canada. (Richard Wolowicz/Getty Photos)

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Koltsov performed hockey professionally from 1997 to 2016. He frolicked within the Russian Tremendous League, the Belarusian Extraleague, the Jap European Hockey League and performed internationally with Belarus. He competed on the Belarusian nationwide staff within the Olympics and World Championships. 

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