Worldstars open with game vs. Riga 2000


RIGA, Latvia -- Kris Draper and Sergei Fedorov scored 29 seconds apart and a team of locked-out NHL stars defeated a Latvian club 4-2 Thursday to open their European tour.

Barret Jackman and Rhett Warrener also scored for the NHL players. Renars Undelis and Vitalijs Galuzo scored for Riga 2000, Latvia's top club.

Martin Brodeur of the New Jersey Devils and Dominik Hasek of the Ottawa Senators shared goaltending duties for the NHL stars, who will also take their seven-country tour to Moscow and St. Petersburg, Russia; Bratislava, Slovakia; Bern, Switzerland; Karlstad, Jonkoping and Linkoping, Sweden; Oslo, Norway; and Katowice, Poland.

Riga buzzed with excitement before the game. Latvians are some of Europe's most fervent hockey fans, with thousands making a pilgrimage to support the national team at the world championships each spring.

Earlier Thursday, some of the NHL stars laid flowers at the grave of Sergei Zholtok, who played for a decade in the NHL. Zholtok died last month at 31 of heart failure while playing for Riga 2000.