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from Dan Carcillo of The Players' Tribune,
It was early Sunday afternoon, and I was taking off my shoes in our players’ lounge when I kept hearing my phone buzz. Someone was calling repeatedly. I immediately got an uneasy, sick feeling when I looked at the screen and saw who was calling. It was my close friend Missy. She was hysterical.
“Steve’s gone,” she said.
My best friend in hockey, Steve Montador, was found dead in his home at age 35. Steve was a 12-year NHL vet who battled addiction at certain points in his career before getting sober. Since he walked away from the game due to concussions in 2013, he was struggling to figure out what to do next. But I was still in complete shock and disbelief. For some reason, I started getting dressed for the pre-game skate. As a hockey player, you’re just taught to push through the pain, no matter what. I started putting on my skates when I glanced across the room and saw the stall Monty used to sit in when we played together. I heard his deep, hearty laugh.
added 2:41pm, video of Carcillo on Montador is below, also in the article.
The main topic of the segment tonight was super stars and fighting. Cherry used Crosby as an example and then showed numerous clips of stars fighting. Cherry says the stars should not be fighting.
Also a nice tribute to Steve Montador and Cherry urges the Toronto fans to keep the faith. Cherry also mentioned the play of Tyler Myers and claims he will soon be a star in the NHL.
from Stephen Whyno of the CP at CTVNews,
Hundreds of friends, family members and teammates gathered Saturday at Mississauga Convention Centre to pay tribute to the life and career of former NHL defenceman Steve Montador, who died last weekend at the age of 35.
"Imagine if there was a time where there wasn't hockey: You wouldn't be able to have a place big enough for as many people to come to see Steve," former Calgary Flames teammate Craig Conroy said. "If you met him one time or you played with him for 10 years, you just love him. That's the kind of person he was."
In the middle of the season and on a snowy Saturday afternoon, the hockey community paid its respects to a man remembered for his contributions on the ice, in dressing rooms and through charitable endeavours outside the game. Montador was remembered as a best friend and ideal teammate by many.
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
Goaltender Jamie McLennan, who played with Montador in both Calgary and Florida, described him as “the type of guy who wanted to be a difference maker” – and knew he could because of his platform.
“The one thing I will remember about Monty forever is his sense of humour. He was hilarious. We had a lot of running jokes. We loved the movie Kingpin, so out of nowhere, he’d text me with a line from Kingpin. You don’t hear from him for a while and then he surfaces and says, ‘what’s up? I saw you on TV.’
“There’ll be a million stories that come out about him, but the common denominator will always be, ‘that’s Monty’ because was such a unique individual – and when he got into things, he got into them a big way. So if he got interesting in working out, he became a fitness freak. You’d talk to him and ask ‘what’s new?’ and you couldn’t wait to hear the answer because there was always something new with Monty.”
In 2011, Montador went to Tanzania along with former Flames teammate Andrew Ference on behalf of Right To Play, the organization that seeks to use sport and play as a chance to enhance child development in underprivileged areas around the world. Montador stepped in at the 11th hour for Georges Laraque, according to Ference.
“It ended up, he was perfect,” Ference said in a September interview. “He’s a very conscientious guy himself; he was up for the adventure; and he’s a real personable guy, so hanging with the kids there and going to the different projects, seeing the work Right To Play was doing there, we had a really impactful trip. It was amazing … a powerful trip for both of us.”
from Jason Spencer of the Misissauga News,
Former NHL player Steven Montador was found dead inside his Mississauga home early Sunday morning, according to Peel Regional Police.
Police said a female friend woke up at 2 a.m. to find Montador deceased. She contacted police and he was pronounced dead just after 2:30 a.m. at his residence.
"Foul play is not suspected, pending the outcome of an autopsy," said Const. Fiona Thivierge, a Peel police spokesperson.
At this time, Thivierge said, the incident is being treated as a sudden death investigation, not a criminal investigation.
added 3:27pm, NHLPA release is below.
A note from the Sabres—
The Buffalo Sabres have traded the negotiating rights of defenseman Steve Montador to the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for a seventh-round draft selection in the 2012 or 2013 Entry Draft.
The Chicago draft pick was previously acquired from Florida in the Tomas Kopecky trade on Monday. The pick is presently conditional to the Nashville Predators. If that pick is not available, Florida will transfer their own seventh-round selection in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.
If you think the Sabres aren’t scoring enough goals, well, don’t blame the defense. Buffalo’s blueliners have racked up 13 goals in 19 games. Tonight’s opponent, the high flying Washington Capitals, ‘only’ have 12 from their defensemen.
Sure, the offensive contributions of Jordan Leopold, Steve Montador (yep, really) and Tyler Myers have been a tonic for this team as it tries to climb out of its self-dug hole. Buffalo has gone to overtime in five straight games and has earned 9 of 10 possible points. But let’s not kid ourselves - the Sabres will have to cut down on mistakes in their own zone if they’re serious about being contenders again.
from Dan Wood of the OC Register,
The Ducks on Friday announced the signing of Montador to a one-year contract worth $800,000.
“I thought Anaheim was the best place for me, based on the team that’s already there, the opportunity for winning, and the history and reputation that Anaheim has started,” Montador said. “I am super excited to be a part of it.”...
“I think it was in part getting better as a player, and also getting more of an opportunity,” Montador said. “There was an opportunity to go back to Florida, but I chose not to. I felt the opportunity for me as a player, for minutes played and the role they discussed, I had more interest in coming to the Ducks.”
more on the Ducks…
via the OC Register,
The Ducks plan to announce Friday the signing of veteran defenseman Steve Montador to a one-year contract worth approximately $800,000.
Montador, 28, notched a career-high eight goals and 15 assists, along with 73 penalty minutes and a plus-1 mark, in 73 games for the Florida Panthers last season.
The addition of Montador gives the Ducks seven established NHL defensemen and increases the likelihood of one being traded. The most likely candidate to be on the move is veteran Mathieu Schneider, whose $5.625 million salary-cap hit is probably unworkable given that the Ducks will pay standouts Scott Niedermayer and Chris Pronger a combined $19 million in 2008-09.