It’s a truly sad day in the Maple Leafs community and in the hockey world, Wade Belak was found dead in a Toronto hotel room earlier tonight. No details are known at this time except the fact the police ruled out foul play. Wade was one of the good ones, an honest hockey player with a good sense of humor and a good team guy to boot.
Born in Saskatoon on July 3, 1976Â Belak spent 15 years in the NHL, playing for the Colorado Avalanche, Calgary Flames, Toronto Maple Leafs, Florida Panthers and the Nashville Predators. He spent a total of 7 seasons playing with the Maple Leafs and making his mark in every Leafs fan’s heart.
For everyone who watched him play and for everyone who didn’t, here is a reminder and a tribute. And HERE is how he probably would have liked to be remembered.
Goodbye Wade, we’ll miss ya.
It’s starting to finally feel like hockey season. The NHL has been holding their R&D camp at the Leafs’ Mastercard Centre Practice Facility as GMs, scouts and hockey media descended on Etobicoke to review new ideas being tabled for the NHL season’s to come. With that comes lots more NHL news. While Brendan Shanahan has indicated that none of the major changes they were looking at will see the light of day for a while, a shallower net will be brought in as early as this year.
Also coinciding with the NHL’s R&D camp were informal workouts with a handful of Maple Leafs, including Phil Kessel, Nazem Kadri and Colby Armstrong, as reported yesterday. More workouts will be taking place in the coming days and there is sure to be more interviews and news coming out of the Leafs camp once the NHL R&D camp ends.