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Belak Now At Rest

from the CP at The Hockey News,

Wade Belak’s family members, friends and teammates gathered for a private ceremony at Woodmont Christian Church on a rainy Sunday to remember the former NHL player….

The Predators players placed a full-page tribute to Belak in Saturday’s edition of the Tennessean newspaper. One of the photos featured the six-foot-five Belak reading a book to elementary school kids with a children’s sized plastic firefighter hat on his head.

Several Predators players who had planned to come back to Nashville later in the month in advance of the opening of the team’s training camp rearranged their travel plans to attend the funeral.

“It’s so sad,” Nashville defenceman Ryan Suter said. “He always saw the bigger picture.

“He was so happy to be retired. He was happy to be moving on because he had played for so long and now he was going to be able to relax and enjoy it.”

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So Sad.  Poor man must have been suffering from depression.  What else would explain this?  I have read a lot about him, doesn’t seem he had any reason to do this.  Except one that was not obvious.  Concussions do cause and aggravate depression.  These guys are big and inflict more damage than before.  I think it may be time to phase fighting out of the game.  Especially the designated fighter role, it’s a dinosaur in today’s game. 

The more I read the more senseless this all is.  I don’t think any of us, the league, fans, media realize where the game has evolved.  This evolution is causing many more serious injuries, especially to the brain.  These rule experiments in the pre season are nice. but I think they are missing the obvious.

Posted by 13 user names on 09/05/11 at 07:41 PM ET

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