By Ian Paulson
(WINDSOR, ON) – Former Toronto Maple Leaf, Wade Belak, was found dead by police in his Toronto condominium complex. Belak had played the past three seasons with the Nashville Predators after being traded from the Leafs.
The Predators released an announcement regarding Belak’s passing.
“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.”
NHL commissioner Gary Bettman issued a statement, “The National Hockey League family mourns the passing of Wade Belak, who competed to the utmost every minute of his NHL career. Our hearts go out to Wade’s loved ones, his friends, his former teammates and to all who feel the horrible void left by this tragedy.”
NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr expressed his regrets on behalf of all the players in the NHL. “All Players and NHLPA staff are sincerely saddened and shocked by the passing of former member Wade Belak. His affable personality made him popular with teammates, fans and media, and he was a hardworking, respected member of the Association. He will undoubtedly be greatly missed throughout the entire hockey community. Our deepest condolences go out to Wade’s family and friends, during this very difficult time.”