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Wade Belak Found Dead In Toronto

This is just unreal.  Wade Belak has been found dead in a hotel in Toronto, and is the third “enforcer” to be found dead this offseason.  Belak retired from the game in March, but during his career was a noted “tough guy” and “fighter”.  This comes months after Derek Boogaard died in May of a lethal combination of alcohol and prescription drugs, and less than a month after Rick Rypien took his own life.

The Toronto Sun is reporting that Belak’s death was caused by an accidental overdose of prescription drugs.

The NHL needs to start looking into the long term effects of fighting and blows to the head in the game.

3 Responses to “Wade Belak Found Dead In Toronto”

  1. pavel says:

    It really is awful how many guys are dying all of a sudden. They really gotta look into finding ways to help these guys cope with whatever problems they’re having. BTW, did they ever actually say how Rypien died? IDK if they ever ruled it a suicide.

  2. LJ Pavao says:

    1st R.I.P Mr.Wade belak #3 on the ice #1 in our hearts. It has sadden me an the hockey world that we lost another fan favourite. Also the family of Mr.Belak my deepest prayers an condolences. I’ll remember the time we skated on your off days when i was lucky to meet when you just come out to skate enjoyed chattin an laughing with you ill miss you alot> heavy hearts in the hockey world.

  3. John says:

    The NHLPA needs to start taking a stand on prescription pain killers and the addiction that often follows.