Wade Belak, a 15-year NHL veteran who announced his retirement in March, was found dead in his Toronto condo early Wednesday afternoon, according to QMI Agency and later confirmed to the National Post's Sean Fitz-Gerald by the Nashville Predators. He was 35 years old.
The cause of death is undetermined at the moment, but foul play was not suspected.
It was announced last week that Belak had been named as one of the contestants for the upcoming third season of the CBC's "Battle of the Blades" show. He was also scheduled to be part of the Predators' television broadcast team for the upcoming season.
Like many of hockey's tough guys, Belak was beloved off the ice for his humorous, engaging personality. Even after being traded from the Toronto Maple Leafs to the Florida Panthers in 2008, Belak was able to put a funny spin on his departure.
Former Nashville Predators assistant GM Mike Santos -- now with the Florida Panthers -- spoke to George Richards of the Miami Herald aboutRead More »from NHL veteran Wade Belak found dead in Toronto condo