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Played with Lemieux and Crosby, fell in love with a top tennis player: Konstantin Koltsov died

Terrible news came from Miami. At the 43rd year of his life, Konstantin Koltsov, who worked for the last two seasons as an assistant to Viktor Kozlov at Salavat Yulaev, died.
“”He was a strong and cheerful person, he was loved and respected by players, colleagues, and fans. Konstantin Evgenievich entered himself forever into the history of our club,” the club said.
Played with stars in the NHL After the team's elimination from the Gagarin Cup in the first round, Koltsov's contract was not renewed, although Kozlov retained his post as head coach. Of course, Koltsov, who has proven himself well both as a player and as a coach, would not be left without work. In his native Belarus, he was tipped for the post of head coach of the national team. He even replaced Dmitry Kvartalnov in this capacity at the Channel One Cup in St. Petersburg in December. When he was a player, Koltsov always responded to calls to the national team, played 123 matches for it and scored 34 goals.

At the age of 17, the graduate of Minsk Youth played his first match in the Russian Super League for Severstal. After that he played for Novokuznetsk Metallurg, Ak Bars and Moscow Spartak. He was drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins and went to the NHL in 2002. He even played in a team with the legendary Mario Lemieux. During the lockout in the overseas league he played for Dynamo Minsk and Spartak Moscow. Then he again made an attempt to gain a foothold in the Penguins.

Experts noted that the Belarusian striker has phenomenal skating, standing out even in the NHL for his ability to quickly and sharply pick up speed. Koltsov still managed to catch Sidney Crosby's debut in Pittsburgh. In 2006, he finally returned to Russia and spent six seasons with Salavat Yulaev, lifting the Gagarin Cup over his head in the spring of 2011. After Ufa there were four more seasons in Mytishchi, Kazan and Minsk.
Koltsov began his coaching career in his homeland. He worked for two seasons as an assistant head coach at Dynamo Minsk, and coached Brest and Dynamo Molodechno, both competing in the national championship. After that, there was a season on the coaching staff of Moscow “Spartak” and two – in “Salavat Yulaev”.

“Fate brought me together with the most beautiful” In recent years, tennis observers have often written about Koltsov. For the sake of Arina Sabalenka, he left his wife and three children. It was a very beautiful novel.
““Fate brought me together with the most beautiful, gentle, caring and incredibly wise and intelligent woman! This is the truth, and not just ordinary words. The feeling when you are near cannot be expressed in words! I am lucky. I love my little girl madly,” wrote Konstantin on social networks.
Two years ago, Arina turned to her lover there. She forwarded a question to Konstantin, allegedly received from one of the subscribers: “When is maternity leave?” Koltsov answered with one word: “Soon.” Alas, these plans were not destined to come true.

Even the 17-year age difference did not prevent great love. The appearance of Koltsov in Sabalenka’s life helped the tennis player overcome the problems that arose on the court and again reach a leading position in the ranking. She is now number two in the world and was seeded number two at the Miami tournament, which is called the sixth Grand Slam. Koltsov flew to Florida to support his beloved.
The news of his death came as a shock. In 2019, at the age of 43, Arina’s father, who played hockey in his youth and ended his career due to injury, suddenly died. Koltsov was supposed to turn 43 on April 17.


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