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Former NHL enforcer Belak found dead in Toronto
Associated Press ^ | Wednesday, August 31, 2011 10:38 PM EDT | TERESA M. WALKER

Posted on 09/01/2011 10:56:32 AM PDT by Hunton Peck

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Former Predator Wade Belak, an enforcer who had played with five NHL teams before retiring in March, was found dead Wednesday in Toronto. He was 35.

Belak is the third NHL enforcer found dead since May.

The Predators learned of Belak's death from NHL security and the team issued a statement saying the organization was shocked and sadden by his sudden and untimely death.

"Wade was a beloved member of the organization, a terrific teammate and wonderful father and husband who will be greatly missed," according to the Predators' statement. "Our thoughts and prayers go out to his wife Jennifer and children Andie and Alex. We offer our full support to them at this very difficult time."

Toronto police spokesman Tony Vella said officers found a man dead when called at 1:40 p.m. EDT Wednesday at a hotel and condo complex. Vella said "foul play is not suspected in the ongoing investigation" into Belak's death.

Belak was scheduled to work as a sideline reporter on Nashville television broadcasts this season. The 6-foot-5, 233-pound forward played for Colorado, Calgary, Toronto, Florida and finished his career with Nashville, playing in 549 career NHL games with eight goals, 25 assists and 1,263 penalty minutes.

He fought 136 times during his 14-year NHL career, according to hockeyfights.com.

Belak is the third NHL tough guy who has died this offseason.

Winnipeg's Rick Rypien was found dead at the age of 27 earlier this month at his home in Alberta after a police official said a call was answered for a "sudden and non-suspicious" death. Former Rangers enforcer Derek Boogaard died in May at 28 due to an accidental mix of alcohol and the painkiller oxycodone.

After Rypien's death, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said he expected the NHL to review its substance....

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TOPICS: Sports
KEYWORDS: enforcer; nashville; nhl; wadebelak
Third "goon" found dead in four months. I suppose those guys take more painkillers than the average player, but whether that's the explanation, I don't know.
1 posted on 09/01/2011 10:56:35 AM PDT by Hunton Peck
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To: Hunton Peck

Perhaps they should try and track how many concussions, diagnosed and undiagnosed, each had.


2 posted on 09/01/2011 10:59:56 AM PDT by cumbo78
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To: Hunton Peck

RIP.


3 posted on 09/01/2011 11:01:02 AM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Amber Lamps !"~~)
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To: Hunton Peck

Okay, I don’t know hockey at all, but is “enforcer” a real position like middle linebacker? Or do they call you that if you get in fights? Don’t they all get in fights? What up?


4 posted on 09/01/2011 11:07:08 AM PDT by Doctor 2Brains (If the government were Paris Hilton, it could not score a free drink in a bar full of lonely sailors)
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To: Hunton Peck
I suppose those guys take more painkillers than the average player, but whether that's the explanation, I don't know.

He hung himself

5 posted on 09/01/2011 11:09:55 AM PDT by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: Doctor 2Brains
They all can get into fights, but a select few on each team are the designated fighters in that it's the only real skill they bring to the game. They're basically there to beat the snot out of anybody who messes with a skill player.
6 posted on 09/01/2011 11:10:12 AM PDT by Wolfie
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To: Doctor 2Brains

There are some guys who are out there more for their fists than their puck-handling. The “enforcers” are there so that if somebody tries to rough up one of the team’s more skilled players, they respond. They’re there to either intimidate or defend, whatever’s needed.

}:-)4


7 posted on 09/01/2011 11:14:57 AM PDT by Moose4 ("Oderint dum metuant" -- "Let them hate, as long as they fear." (Lucius Accius, c. 130 BC))
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To: Doctor 2Brains

The old saying goes; “ If you can’t beat’um in the alley, you can’t beat;um on the ice.”
Thus all teams in the NHL carry an “Enforcer” on the bench.

Sometimes a couple of them.


8 posted on 09/01/2011 11:16:08 AM PDT by Pompah
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To: Hunton Peck
Belak is the third NHL enforcer found dead since May.

Once is happenstance. Twice is coincidence. Three times is enemy action. - Commander James Bond

9 posted on 09/01/2011 11:25:58 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (Ceterum autem censeo, Obama delenda est.)
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets

Actually, that quote is not from Bond, but from Auric Goldfinger, referring to his encounters with Cmdr. Bond.


10 posted on 09/01/2011 11:30:06 AM PDT by LaRueLaDue
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To: Pompah

“Let ‘em know you’re there!”


11 posted on 09/01/2011 11:31:16 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Hunton Peck
Former Rangers enforcer Derek Boogaard died in May at 28 due to an accidental mix of alcohol and the painkiller oxycodone.

Accidental? BS. How did such an "accident" happen, I wonder?

12 posted on 09/01/2011 11:35:21 AM PDT by sargon (I don't like the sound of these "boncentration bamps")
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To: Doctor 2Brains
Don’t they all get in fights?

Are you kidding? Can you imagine Wayne Gretzky in a fight?

13 posted on 09/01/2011 11:39:35 AM PDT by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: cumbo78

“... track how many concussions, diagnosed and undiagnosed, each had”

I think that could be an issue. Some people who suffer from concussions have mood swings and bouts of depression (all neurological). I wonder if they got depressed and already had painkillers as a result of such damage to the body due to hockey.


14 posted on 09/01/2011 11:41:05 AM PDT by momtothree
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To: sargon
Accidental? BS. How did such an "accident" happen, I wonder?

Happens all the time to regular people who are daily drinkers and are then given a narcotic. They vastly underestimate the warnings and carry on with their "normal" activities. Respiratory arrest can sneak up on them. So can choking on their own vomit.

15 posted on 09/01/2011 11:43:25 AM PDT by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: buccaneer81; Doctor 2Brains

There is a certain code that most players follow. Kind of like school yard bullies picking on the little kid, someone will step up and put the bully on his keister. That is an enforcer, making sure the bully gets his due.

Chicken-sh!t players will start things, then turtle when a real enforcer gets in their mug (yes, I am pointing at you Matt Cooke). Other star players will drop the gloves when they need to, but generally don’t.


16 posted on 09/01/2011 11:50:38 AM PDT by Betis70 (Bruins!)
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To: Hunton Peck

Eight goals in 14 years makes it pretty clear that he wasn’t on the ice to play hockey.


17 posted on 09/01/2011 11:50:42 AM PDT by AZLiberty (No tag today.)
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To: LaRueLaDue

Thanks. Sometimes misattribution sounds better than truth.


18 posted on 09/01/2011 11:52:24 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (Ceterum autem censeo, Obama delenda est.)
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To: Betis70
Other star players will drop the gloves when they need to, but generally don’t.

That can lead to poor outcomes (Derek Brassard.)

19 posted on 09/01/2011 11:57:59 AM PDT by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: AZLiberty
Eight goals in 14 years makes it pretty clear that he wasn’t on the ice to play hockey.

True. He only averaged 39 games per season, which is explained by injuries and games where he was a scratch because there was little or no chance of fisticuffs breaking out. (Skill teams like Detroit of the past ten years are unlikely to drop the gloves.)

20 posted on 09/01/2011 12:06:15 PM PDT by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: Doctor 2Brains

An enforcer does not only protect the skill players through intimidation. Hockey is a game of emotion. If yeor teamate just pummels an opposint player, for good reason, everybody has an extra jump in their skates. The momentum of a game, and the outcome, can change on a dime, all bucause of a good scrap.


21 posted on 09/01/2011 12:12:56 PM PDT by frithguild (We admitted we were powerless over government - that out lives had become unmanageable)
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To: Puppage
concussions are cumulative. repeat concussions can do all sorts of weird things to a person, including severe depression and major personality changes.
22 posted on 09/01/2011 12:34:30 PM PDT by WOBBLY BOB (My mind is like a steel trap: rusty and illegal in 37 states.)
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To: buccaneer81

I can see his wife kicking his rear end maybe.


23 posted on 09/01/2011 12:37:20 PM PDT by Joe Boucher ((FUBO) an affirmative action mistake)
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To: Joe Boucher
I can see his wife kicking his rear end maybe.

In her prime, she probably could have done the same to us.

24 posted on 09/01/2011 12:44:24 PM PDT by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: buccaneer81
Sorry, I just don't buy it. The warnings about mixing those two substances are quite prominent.

In retrospect, it probably was an accident, but not in the sense of taking small amounts of both drugs. Someone just tried to get a little too high, and miscalculated.

25 posted on 09/01/2011 1:04:57 PM PDT by sargon (I don't like the sound of these "boncentration bamps")
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To: sargon

buccaneer81 is right that accidents like this can happen. In coroner-speak, “accident” just means that the person didn’t intend to kill himself (and wasn’t intentionally killed by someone else). It’s not a comment on his level of moral responsibility for his death.

In Boogaard’s case, he was given the drug by his brother, who was charged with a crime. I don’t remember the exact charge or status of it, but I’m not sure that that death is still classified as an accident.


26 posted on 09/01/2011 1:55:44 PM PDT by Hunton Peck (See my FR homepage for a list of businesses that support WI Gov. Scott Walker)
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To: buccaneer81

I can run pretty fast.
Had experience running from mad, well never mind.


27 posted on 09/01/2011 2:37:23 PM PDT by Joe Boucher ((FUBO) an affirmative action mistake)
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To: sargon

Derek Boogaard was a drug addict. It was reported that he died while celebrating getting out of drug rehab. I don’t suppose he meant to kill himself but I don’t call that an accident either.


28 posted on 09/01/2011 2:46:58 PM PDT by Varda
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