Former NHL Player Wade Belak was found dead in a condo in Toronto, Ontario, the cause of his death is still under investigation but all points to a possible suicide. Belak’s death comes just a few weeks apart from another NHLer’s death, Rick Rypien was found dead and in May, Derek Boogaard was also found dead. What is the mystery behind these hockey players’ deaths? Check out the rest of this story to know more about the tragic news and a little about Wade’s career. We have a tribute video after the jump.
35 year-old Wade Belak was found dead at his condo located at 1 King St. W. around 1:33 p.m in Toronto, Canada. Sources said Belak took his life although the circumstances are unknown; no foul play is suspected. Wade’s death is the third suicide among hockey players, the first, Derk Boogard died in May due to a deadly mix of alcohol and pain killers, Rick Rypien’s death, also a suicide, was reported last month.
Former NHL defenseman Wade Belak from Saskatoon, Canada was one of the tallest players in hockey, standing at 6’5” and weighing 222 pounds. He was drafted as the 12th overall pick in the 1994 NHL Draft by the Quebec Nordiques.
During his 15 years in the NHL he played with the Colorado Avalanche (1996-97), Calgary Flames (1998-2000), Toronto Maple Leafs (2001- 03, 2005- 08), Florida Panthers (20007-09) and the Nashville Predators (2009-11). After leaving the NHL in February he was going to play with the Admirals of Milwaukee of the AHL, but instead he announced his retirement the following moth.
Wade Belak was an aggressive hockey player but he was the sweetest, kindest and funnies guy off the rink, he loved to makes jokes, make friends smile, was a wonderful son, the best brother, loving husband, amazing father and the best friend anyone could ask for, he will truly be missed.
Rightfielders would like to send our condolences to his loving wife Jennifer, his children Andie and Alex, parents Lorraine Belak and Lionel Aadland, step-father Barry and step-mother Joy, his brother Graham, also a former hockey player now a police officer in Canada, the rest of his family, friends and fans. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of you!