Retired National Hockey League player Wade Belak was found dead in a downtown Toronto hotel and condominium complex on Wednesday. A source with the Nashville Predators, Belak’s last NHL team, confirmed the news late Wednesday afternoon.
Belak was 35.
The cause of death was not immediately known.
Officers from 52 Division responded to a call around 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon and found a man dead on the scene. That man was identified as Belak. A police forensics unit was still on the scene late Wednesday afternoon, but foul play was not suspected.
Belak retired after 15 seasons spent as an enforcer, a career that involved stops with the Colorado Avalanche, the Calgary Flames, the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Florida Panthers and the Nashville Predators. He had recently been named as a cast member for the third season of the CBC’s “Battle of the Blades,” and was preparing for a new job as a television analyst with the Predators.