According to the Toronto Sun, former NHL tough guy Wade Belak was found dead in his Toronto condo today. Belak, who retired from the NHL in March, was just 35 years old. The lovable pugilist had stops with the Colorado Avalanche, Toronto Maple Leafs, Calgary Flames, Florida Panthers and the Nashville Predators in his 14-year career.
The cause of Belak’s untimely death is unknown at the moment.
Just this past week, Belak spoke about the tragic losses of Derek Boogaard and Rick Rypien and mentioned that how great he felt following his retirement.
It’s another sad, tragic event to stricken a hockey world that’s seen a lifetime of grief already just this summer. The NHL must begin looking into the long-term effects of fighting on players, how it affects their minds, behavior etc. immediately.
The thoughts and prayers of an entire nation of fans are with the Belak family.