At approximately 1:33 p.m. on August 31, 2011, former NHLer Wade Belak was found dead in a condo at the One King Street West hotel in Toronto. Police have not confirmed a cause of death, but Toronto Police treated it as a suicide. He was 35 years old, and had been preparing to take part in the upcoming season of Battle of the Blades. His death was the third in a string of NHL players found dead in a four-month span, following Derek Boogaard and Rick Rypien. His mother stated that he had been suffering from depression. Michael Landsberg reported that he had been in talks with Belak a week before his death about their mutual depression, and that Belak admitted having been on “happy pills” for the past four to five years. Landsberg stated that Belak was agreeable to appearing in a documentary on celebrity depression that Landsberg was working on, and going public about his condition.

On September 2, 2011, P. J. Stock suggested that Belak’s death might not be suicide. “Let’s just call it an accidental death right now. But he did die of strangulation” said Stock. Belak’s family members also believe his death was accidental.

Belak’s funeral was held in Nashville, with friends, family and former teammates in attendance.  Belak (July 3, 1976 – August 31, 2011) was a NHL forward and defenceman. He was drafted 12th overall by the Quebec Nordiques in the 1994 NHL Entry Draft. He played for the Colorado Avalanche, Calgary Flames, Toronto Maple Leafs, Florida Panthers and the Nashville Predators in the NHL. Belak was known as a physical player that could play anything asked of him. He retired at the end of the 2010-2011 season, collecting 8 goals and 25 assists in 549 career games, totaling 1263 penalty minutes. Belak took part in some local broadcasting duties for the Nashville Predators and was expected to help out with it more this season.

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Steven took a different route towards his hockey interests. Starting out as a big Habs fan, he started to gravitate towards the more obscure levels of hockey, such as the low level tournaments in Asia, strange club matches between teams most people in North America can’t pronounce, and even some 3am contests between Bulgaria and New Zealand. Aside from his love for strange hockey events, Steven occasionally acts as a mediocre ball hockey goalie following a failed attempt at making it to the NHL as a fourth line house league grinder. Beyond hockey, Steven is an avid racing fan and loves to chat about NASCAR, F1, Indycar, you name it. Oh, and don’t get him started on music. That is, unless you want the whole history of metal and a guitar lesson. Currently, Steven is a credentialed media member with the Mississauga Steelheads of the OHL, as well as with the Oakville Blades of the OJHL. Steven has also hosted the television show "The Hockey House" on TVCogeco in Ontario, as well as a segment under the same with on LeafsTV in Toronto. Home page:

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