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Old 08-31-2011, 06:17 PM   #1 (permalink)
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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.

Belak is the third NHL enforcer to die in the last four months.

Derek Boogard of the New York Rangers was found dead May 13 in Minneapolis.

The 28-year-old's death was ruled to be due to an accidental overdose of presciption drugs.

Just over two weeks ago, Winnipeg Jets forward Rick Rypien committed suicide in his home in Crowsnest Pass, Alta. It came to light the 27-year-old had battled depression for more than a decade.
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Old 08-31-2011, 06:19 PM   #2 (permalink)
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just read about this. Very weird.
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Old 08-31-2011, 06:19 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Aren't WWE wrestlers supposed to be dying this way?
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Searching some Belak vids on youtube, came across this.


Really eerie to think these two guys are dead now. Wow. Rest in peace.
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Old 08-31-2011, 06:23 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I knew him a tiny little bit. A real shame.
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Old 08-31-2011, 06:26 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Insanely young. That's crazy.

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Old 08-31-2011, 06:40 PM   #7 (permalink)
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NOOOO Not Belak. Damn I used to watch hockey a lot when he played. Loved him, sad to see this. RIP
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Old 08-31-2011, 08:06 PM   #8 (permalink)
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He hung himself.

I am in disbelief. Unlike LX, I never knew him, but I knew a lot about him and he was very well liked. It' makes no sense....
Hung himself??


WTF?
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Old 08-31-2011, 08:48 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Good guy met him 2, maybe 3 times before when he played for T.O =( RIP Wade.
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Old 09-01-2011, 10:47 AM   #10 (permalink)
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what's the old saying?..everything happens in 3s ?

sad day...RIP
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Old 09-01-2011, 10:53 AM   #11 (permalink)
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what's the old saying?..everything happens in 3s ?

sad day...RIP
i believe the saying is like good things come in 3s. which doesn't apply here =/
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Old 09-01-2011, 12:25 PM   #12 (permalink)
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you know what i find strange? On the FAN today they were talking about how the union aren't doing enough or saying enough about Belak's death and how they're mishandling the whole thing. I don't know... what are they supposed to say? It's not going to change anything.
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Old 09-01-2011, 12:59 PM   #13 (permalink)
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I have no idea Fancy... I'm in disbelief right now. I' heading out today with a buddy of mine and will talk about it with him.... This isn't a hockey issue. It's societal issue concerning drug use and ignorance to their dangers.

I understand the depth of the issue as far as hockey enforcers go, more than I will get into on this site. I'm pretty sad today.
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Old 09-01-2011, 05:04 PM   #14 (permalink)
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you know what i find strange? On the FAN today they were talking about how the union aren't doing enough or saying enough about Belak's death and how they're mishandling the whole thing. I don't know... what are they supposed to say? It's not going to change anything.
What are they gonna do stop the goon role in the NHL? Fat chance
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Old 09-01-2011, 08:42 PM   #15 (permalink)
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Has absolutely nothing to do with "fighting" in hockey.

Rypien died because he mixed alcohol and oxycodone, which, might be fun but also kills people. Boogaard had serious depression issues that are prevalent all through society. Belak didn't kill himself.
i thought he hung himself?
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Has absolutely nothing to do with "fighting" in hockey.
agreed...silly assumption
the only other guy i can think of (off the top of my head) is Tom Cavanagh..suicide...suffered from schizophrenia
i think he was a center (?)
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Old 09-01-2011, 09:06 PM   #17 (permalink)
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An assumption that fighting has a connection might be going to far, but assuming there is absolutely no connection might be silly. The league is examining the connection, and they are probably right in doing so.

And if Belak didn't kill himself then why are the police treating his death as a suicide?

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Old 09-01-2011, 09:11 PM   #18 (permalink)
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I heard someone today say these goons were probably juicing and that it's part of the problem. Kind of a leap there, based on what exactly?
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Old 09-02-2011, 09:37 AM   #19 (permalink)
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Feschuk: Belak silently suffered from depression, sources say - thestar.com

Sad, sad.

There's a good interview with Michael Landsberg by Steve Paikin talking about depression.


Impossible to know what happened. Depression? Or depression and backfiring meds?
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Old 09-27-2011, 11:52 PM   #20 (permalink)
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So i was talking to someone who "claims" to know an EMS worker who responded to the Belak death and the story goes it wasn't suicide, but that weird sexual strangulation thing. Supposedly the same thing that Michael Hutchense died of.

I don't really believe her (although i guess it could be true). I don't really care either way. The only thing i find odhd is why would want to be choked while gettin' it on. This makes no sense to me. NOne. The whole thing sounds so stupid.
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