Latvian hockey star Sandis Ozolins quits his sports career

  • 2006-05-02
National Hockey League's (NHL) veteran and Latvian National Team's star Sandis Ozolins has decided to retire, Latvian daily newspaper "Diena" reported on May 2.

Ozolins has informed the national team's head coach Pyotr Vorobjov about his decision over the telephone.
"He told me that he has made a firm decision to end his career," Vorobjov told Diena.

However, Vorobjovs had not lost his hopes for Ozolins' assistance during the World Ice-Hockey Championship in Riga, therefore he went to watch Stanley Cup fourth game between New York Rangers and New Jersey Devils.

Defenseman Ozolins debuted in the NHL in 1992, and this season played for both the Anaheim "Mighty Ducks" and New York "Rangers".He is the sole Latvian hockey player to have won the coveted Stanley Cup - in 1996 with the Colorado "Avalanche".