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Wade Belak found dead

Posted on: August 31, 2011 6:10 pm
Edited on: August 31, 2011 11:35 pm

By: Adam Gretz

What has been an incredibly sad offseason in the NHL continued to get worse with the news that recently retired defenseman Wade Belak was found dead in a Toronto condo on Wednesday afternoon according to the Toronto Sun. He was 35 years old.

Belak, selected 12th overall in the 1994 Entry Draft by the Quebec Nordiques, spent 14 seasons in the NHL as a member of the Colorado Avalanche, Calgary Flames, Toronto Maple Leafs, Florida Panthers and, most recently, the Nashville Predators. In 549 career games he scored eight goals and tallied over 1,263 penalty minutes.

He announced his retirement back in March.

On Wednesday evening the Predators organization released the following statement:
“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. He 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.”
Belak's name was in the news earlier this month when it was announced that he was going to appear in CBC's Battle of the Blades, which is basically Canada's on ice version of Dancing With The Stars

His primary role in the NHL was as an enforcer and fighter, which will make it easy for everyone to immediately connect his death to the recent passings of Derek Boogaard and Rick Rypien, both of whom were also fighters. Whether there's any connection or not, it's been a very disturbing couple of months.

According to Belak was involved in over 125 fights during his NHL career.

I never met Belak or had an opportunity to speak with him, but just about every person that did meet him and work with him throughout his 15-year NHL career has shared pretty much the same opinion on Wednesday night: He was an amazing person to be around and always -- always -- a fantastic player to interview.

You can find plenty of examples of his personality on YouTube, including just about every episode of the "Wade a Minute" segment that was filmed during his tenure with the Toronto Maple Leafs. Here are a couple of examples:

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 15, 2011 11:30 pm
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Since: Dec 17, 2007
Posted on: September 1, 2011 9:45 pm

Wade Belak found dead

The NHL really needs to get these guys some counselling. It seems like a lot of enforcers, past and present deal with a  little more than the average player. Not sure what it is though. tough up bringing, alcoholism, drugs, physical and or mental abuse as an adolescent. It is disturbing to say the least how 3 tough customers lost their lives this summer.

Since: Dec 17, 2007
Posted on: September 1, 2011 9:40 pm

Wade Belak found dead

It was a joke.. relax Burgh. sensitive??

Since: Sep 14, 2008
Posted on: September 1, 2011 12:23 pm

Wade Belak found dead

RIP Wade...You will be sorrly missed in Toronto and around the hockey world...I will always remember you as the successor to Tie Domi and you did a great job in that role!!

Since: Oct 8, 2009
Posted on: September 1, 2011 10:33 am

Wade Belak found dead

3 hockey players taken before their due time in one summer... The season needs to get here quickly before more bad things happen. RIP Wade.

Since: Feb 15, 2008
Posted on: September 1, 2011 7:06 am

Wade Belak found dead

Wade Belak was always an entertaining interview for sure. Whether he was playing or not, he always had some off the wall view to most everything and so full of energy. he will be missed. My prayers for his family go out.

Since: May 3, 2011
Posted on: September 1, 2011 1:17 am

Wade Belak found dead

this is crazy ..3 guys since may! the league's got to look into this and see wtf is going on ..sad situation

Since: Jun 20, 2010
Posted on: August 31, 2011 10:03 pm

Wade Belak found dead

When did I say anything about black or white, or Christians???  All I did is list a bunch of players that have killed in the past and never paid the price for what they did, how is that a white or black thing?  As far as god goes, if you want to believe in him that is your preference, but I believe in the truth, facts, and common sense and all three of those will tell you that god doesn't exist and if he did a lot of what happens in our world would not happen.  I know I have a problem, it's called saying things that a lot of people don't have the guts to say or are afraid to say.  I just don't get the black and white thing though, I could care less what color they are, if they kill they deserve to pay the price of their crimes.  Why does almost everyone on this site turn things into a race thing?  If Peyton Manning did the samething as Michael Vick did, I would want him pay the same price no matter what his color.   Ignorance doesn't know race or color, it just helps identify the morons in are society.

Since: Mar 17, 2009
Posted on: August 31, 2011 8:54 pm

Wade Belak found dead

  Bettman is probably behind all of this somehow so he can make life a little easier for Sidney Crosby.


What an idiotic statement 

Since: Dec 17, 2007
Posted on: August 31, 2011 8:45 pm

Wade Belak found dead

RIP.. 125 fights is a lot in 14 years for anyone to endure. he was a tough customer. for sure.  Bettman is probably behind all of this somehow so he can make life a little easier for Sidney Crosby.

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