Former NHL enforcer Wade Belak was found dead this afternoon in a Toronto hotel room. Belak who was 35 years old played for five NHL teams in his career, including the Toronto Maple Leafs, Florida Panthers and most recently the Nashville Predators, is the third “enforcer” to have lost his life this summer.
As I type this the cause of death has yet to be determined for Belak who in his brief stint with the Florida Panthers played in 33 games over parts of two seasons, and didn’t register any points but had 37 minutes in penalties. One of the most popular players on any team he played for Belak was one of the most likeable personalities in the game.
The following statement was issued by the Nashville Predators organization:
“The entire Nashville Predators organization and family is shocked and saddened by the sudden and untimely passing of Wade Belak,” the team said in a statement. “Wade was a beloved member of the organization, a terrific teammate and wonderful father and husband who will be greatly missed.
Wade Belak is survived by his wife Jennifer, and his two children Andie and Alex.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Belak family.
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