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.