What a horrible summer for the NHL and hockey in general. First, Derek Boogaard, then Rick Rypien, and now Wade Belak… The former Nordiques/Avalanche draft pick and player was found dead in Toronto on Wednesday. The cause of his untimely departure officially remains a mystery, although an AP article was released claiming a source close to the investigation said that he had hung himself.
What the Hell is goin on around here? Why are these guys dying at such an alarming rate? Is it coincidence? Is there something more to it? How come it’s only the “enforcer” style players that are leaving us? There are so many questions that need to be answered – especially in Belak’s case. He was scheduled to take part in CBC’s “Battle of the Blades” reality show, pairing hockey players up with figure skaters – sort of like our “Dancing with the Stars”. He seemed excited about his new ventures and was supposed to become a new reporter for the Nashville Predators. Belak had everything going right in his life after hockey, but now he is gone.
Belak was 35 years old. He is survived by his wife, Jennifer, and his two daughters Andie (7 years old) and Alex (5 years old).
Rest in peace, my friend, rest in peace…