Konstantin Koltsov playing for his national team - Belarus.
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New details emerge on the passing of former NHLer Konstantin Koltsov

Published March 20, 2024 at 12:49

Earlier this week, the hockey world was shocked with the news that former Pittsburgh Penguins forward Konstantin Koltsov has passed away at the age of 52.

On Tuesday, the Miami-Dade Police Department released a statement regarding Koltsov's passing, sharing that the former NHLer died of an apparent suicide.

"According to investigators on Monday, March 18, 2024, at approximately 12 : 39 a.m., Bal Harbour Police and Fire Rescue were dispatched to the St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort, 9703 Collins Avenue, in reference to a male that jumped from a balcony.

The Miami-Dade Police Department, Homicide Bureau, responded and has taken over the investigation of the apparent suicide of Mr. Konstantin Koltsov (04/17/1981). No foul play is suspected."

According to Russian media outlet, Sport24.ru, Koltsov got into a heated argument with the management group of KHL club Salavat Yulaev Ufa and tendered his resignation just hours before his passing.

Note: the following is translated from Russian.

"The coach of Ufa's Salavat Yulaev, Konstantin Koltsov, had a heated conversation with the club's management and signed a letter of resignation shortly before committing suicide"

The Minsk, Belarus native was selected 18th overall by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft. In 144 games with them between the 2002-03 and 2005-06 seasons, he had 38 points (12 goals, 26 assists), 50 penalty minutes and was a minus-42.

Our thoughts are with Koltsov's family and friends at this difficult time.
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