Former Toronto Maple Leafs tough guy Wade Belak was found dead in a Toronto hotel Wednesday.
The 35-year-old from Saskatoon was found in the tony 1 King West hotel and condo residence.
Belak retired in March after a long NHL career that included stops in Colorado, Calgary, Toronto, Florida and Nashville. He was recently announced as one of the ex-NHLers who would be performing on CBC's Battle of the Blades this year.
Concussions, depression and substance abuse are all strongly, strongly linked. Take a look at the last 20 years of professional wrestling.
Zero coincidence that these three players all got punched in the face for a living.
We don't have any idea what-so-ever what Belaks' cause of death was. Rypien's depression battles started when he was still a very young man & Boogie OD'ed on painkillers which were never prescribed to him for concussion related issues...it was back trouble, no?
Neither of them have reported concussions. Personally, while playing hockey I have been diagnosed with two concussions. I likely have had ten, but I kept my mouth shut because I was hoping hockey would get me some where and I couldn't afford to miss any time.