Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Breaking News: Ex-NHL Forward Wade Belak Found Dead At Age 35
Terrible news to pass along. Wade Belak, who retired in March after being waived by the Nashville Predators, was found dead today at his Toronto home. NHL.com reported that the cause of death for Belak has not been determined, but foul play is not believed to have been involved.
Belak, 35, skated in 15 games with the Predators last season, recording 0 points, 18 PIM and a minus-1 rating before being waived by the team in February. Belak retired in March after clearing waivers, and remained with the Predators after accepting an organizational role with the team. Belak was a 14-year NHL veteran who played for the Predators, Florida Panthers, Toronto Maple Leafs, Calgary Flames and Colorado Avalanche.
Belak is the third person in the NHL to die since May, with Rick Rypien and Derek Boogaard being the other two - all three men gone way too soon.
I send my condolences out to Wade Belak's friends and family. It's truly been an awful last few months for the hockey world.