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Cornwall Aces''s enforcer Wade Belak was found dead in a Toronto hotel room. At this point, police have not released the cause of death, however the Team 990 in Montreal was reporting it as a suicide. Belak sat a total of 1,263 minutes in the penalty box during the 549 NHL games he played.
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Cornwall - Aug. 31, 2011 - Cornwall Aces''s enforcer Wade Belak was found dead in a Toronto hotel room. At this point, police have not released the cause of death, however the Team 990 in Montreal was reporting it as a suicide.

Belak sat a total of 1,263 minutes in the penalty box during the 549 NHL games he played. He played his junior with the Saskatoon Blades and was drafted in the first found in 1994 by the Quebec Nordiques.

This affiliation lead him to spend some time in the AHL with the Cornwall Aces. Belak would go on to play in the NHL for Colorado, Calgary, Toronto, Florida and Nashville.

Gary Bettman, Commissioner of the National Hockey League, today released the following statement regarding the death of Wade Belak:

"The National Hockey League family mourns the passing of Wade Belak, who competed to the utmost every minute of his NHL career. Our hearts go out to Wade's loved ones, his friends, his former teammates and to all who feel the horrible void left by this tragedy."

The Maple Leafs released the following statement on Wednesday night regarding the death of former NHL player Wade Belak:

"The Toronto Maple Leafs are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Wade Belak. Wade was extremely popular with his teammates, the staff, and Maple Leafs fans everywhere. He was the consummate team player on and off the ice. He will be deeply missed in the hockey community and our thoughts and prayers are with Wade's family and friends during this challenging time." The Nashville Predators released the following statement Wednesday evening regarding the passing of former Predator Wade Belak:

"The entire Nashville Predators organization and family is shocked and saddened by the sudden and untimely passing of Wade Belak. Wade was a beloved member of the organization, a terrific teammate and wonderful father and husband. He will be greatly missed. 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."


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