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Living Or Dying In Pain

from Allan Maki of the Globe and Mail,

He could barely walk by the end. His ankles, knees and even shoulders ached so much from his hockey injuries that his friends had to help him in and out of vehicles. Then came the seizure that put him in the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre for three days.

That was enough for Walt Poddubny. He figured he had to do something. He was going to tell his story so that the NHL and its players would do more for those who helped the game grow and had stumbled on hard times.

Two months later, the former Toronto Maple Leafs forward and 40-goal scorer went to sleep in a bedroom in his sister’s home. He had split with his wife, couldn’t work because of the pain he endured and needed extensive surgeries. He closed the bedroom door and collapsed. He was likely dead before he hit the covers.

When 49-year-old Poddubny succumbed to a heart attack last year, his posthockey plight spoke of a man who had played hard and made good money for his time, but nowhere near what today’s NHL players receive. In that regard, he was hardly alone.

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The Story Goes Unwritten

from Allan Maki of the Globe and Mail,

The last call came less than two weeks ago. It was from former NHL player Walt Poddubny and he left a message saying he was eager to get started on the story.

“Let’s do this,” he said. “I think it’s important because I know there are guys out there like me who could use some help. Okay? So let’s talk soon. Bye.”

The plan had always been to sit down with Poddubny in his hometown of Thunder Bay and write about his life and the hardships that had befallen him since he left the NHL.

It would be a cautionary tale, he had said over a handful of conversations. He would talk at length about the highs - being a Toronto Maple Leaf and a 40-goal scorer with the New York Rangers - to the lows: being out of the game, too hobbled to hold a regular job, too broke to undergo surgery; a guy who was living in the basement of his sister’s home.

And then the news came crashing Saturday that Walt Poddubny had passed away suddenly. Cause of death: unknown. He was 49.

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Walt Poddubny Suddenly Passes Away

via TSN,

Former NHL forward Walt Poddubny died suddenly on Saturday, reports the Thunder Bay Chronicle-Journal.

Poddubny had been living in Thunder Bay ON., and a source close to the family told the Chronicle-Journal the 49-year-old collapsed this morning. The cause of death is unknown.

Poddubny had stints with the Edmonton Oilers, Toronto Maple Leafs, New York Rangers, Quebec Nordiques and New Jersey Devils over his 11 NHL seasons. He had 422 points (184 goals, 238 assists) in 468 career NHL games.

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