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by Paul on 08/31/11 at 08:16 PM ET
from QMI Agency at the Toronto Sun,
Former Toronto Maple Leafs tough guy Wade Belak was found dead in a Toronto hotel Wednesday.
The 35-year-old from Saskatoon was found in the tony 1 King West hotel and condo residence.
Belak retired in March after a long NHL career that included stops in Colorado, Calgary, Toronto, Florida and Nashville. He was recently announced as one of the ex-NHLers who would be performing on CBC’s Battle of the Blades this year.
I had heard rumors of this early today, but in a situation like this, you surely do not want to report anything that is not correct.
Nashville, Tenn. (August 31, 2011) - “The entire Nashville Predators organization and family is shocked and saddened by the sudden and untimely passing of Wade Belak. Wade was a beloved member of the organization, a terrific teammate and wonderful father and husband who will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his wife Jennifer and children Andie and Alex. We offer our full support to them at this very difficult time.”
added 6:55pm, Ian Robertson of the Toronto Sun, in the original link to the Belak story has updated with this…
Belak took his life, according to sources.
NEW YORK (August 31, 2011)—Gary Bettman, Commissioner of the National Hockey League, today released the following statement regarding the death of Wade Belak:
“The National Hockey League family mourns the passing of Wade Belak, who competed to the utmost every minute of his NHL career. Our hearts go out to Wade’s loved ones, his friends, his former teammates and to all who feel the horrible void left by this tragedy.”
TORONTO (August 31, 2011) – National Hockey League Players’ Association Executive Director Don Fehr issued the following statement on the passing of Wade Belak:
“All Players and NHLPA staff are sincerely saddened and shocked by the passing of former member Wade Belak. His affable personality made him popular with teammates, fans and media, and he was a hardworking, respected member of the Association. He will undoubtedly be greatly missed throughout the entire hockey community. Our deepest condolences go out to Wade’s family and friends during this very difficult time.”
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