September 2, 2011 |
TORONTO - Former NHL player Wade Belak hanged himself, according to a person familiar with the case. Belak, an enforcer who had played with five NHL teams before retiring in March, was found dead Wednesday in Toronto. He was 35. The person familiar with Belak's death said he hanged himself at a downtown luxury hotel and condo building. The person spoke Thursday to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity because details of the investigation were confidential. "At this point, it's non-suspicious," Toronto police spokesman Tony Vella said.
July 9, 2011 |
The Winnipeg Jets have acquired center Eric Fehr from the Washington Capitals for a fourth-round draft pick in 2012 and right wing prospect Danick Paquette. Fehr, 25, has spent his entire NHL career in Washington after being drafted 18th overall in 2003. A native of Winkler, Manitoba, Fehr had 20 points (10 goals, 10 assists) in 52 games for the Capitals last season. In the past week, the Jets have signed Winnipeg natives Jason Gregoire and Derek Meech along with Rick Rypien and Mark Flood, two former members of the AHL's Manitoba Moose.
October 20, 2010
Canucks lose to Wild, Rypien goes wild Marek Zidlicky had a goal and two assists, and the Minnesota Wild scored three times on the power play to beat the visiting Vancouver Canucks , 6-2, Tuesday. Vancouver center Rick Rypien could be facing disciplinary action. First, as Rypien was pulled by linesman Don Henderson away from a confrontation with Minnesota's Brad Staubitz toward the Canucks' bench, he appeared to push the official. Then, on his way down the tunnel to the dressing room, Rypien pushed a Wild fan who was applauding at the railing.
September 1, 2011
FORMER NHL player Wade Belak was found dead in his condominium in Toronto yesterday. Belak, an enforcer who played in parts of 14 seasons with five teams, was 35. A source with the Nashville Predators confirmed the news to NHL.com. Several reports in Toronto said that he hanged himself. Belak finished his career with the Predators and remained with the team in an organizational role following his retirement in March. Belak is the third NHL player to die this offseason.
August 17, 2011 |
WINNIPEG, Manitoba - Rick Rypien was scheduled to fly to Winnipeg on Sunday night to have his knee checked out. He left a message for a Jets official that morning asking whether there was ice he could skate on. But he never boarded the flight. Rypien had been dealing with depression for at least a decade, said Jets assistant general manager Craig Heisinger, who was the GM of the Manitoba Moose when Rypien played for the AHL team. The 27-year-old former Vancouver Canuck was found dead in his Alberta home Monday.
October 19, 2011
Tomas Vokoun blanked his former team with a 20-save performance, and the Washington Capitals beat the Florida Panthers, 3-0, on Tuesday night to improve to 5-0, the best start in franchise history. Marcus Johansson, Alexander Semin, and Jason Chimera scored for the Capitals, who led, 1-0, heading into the third period. Elsewhere: Jamie Benn had a goal and an assist and the Dallas Stars hung on for their fourth straight win, 3-2 over the winless Blue Jackets in Columbus, Ohio.
October 19, 2011 |
TOMAS VOKOUN blanked his former team with a 20-save performance, and the Washington Capitals beat the visiting Florida Panthers, 3-0, last night to improve to 5-0, the best start in franchise history. Marcus Johansson, Alexander Semin and Jason Chimera scored for the Caps, who led 1-0 heading into the third period. The four-game winning streak at home to start the season is also a club record. It was the 45th NHL shutout for the 35-year-old Vokoun, who played the previous four seasons with Florida.
September 3, 2011 |
THE MOTHER of former NHL player Wade Belak said yesterday that her son had suffered from depression before his death. Belak, 35, an enforcer who had played with five NHL teams before retiring in March, was found dead Wednesday in Toronto. According to several reports, he hanged himself. "I think he was taking control of that [depression]," Lorraine Belak said in a phone interview from Nashville. "He didn't talk about it all the time or a lot. " Private services will be tomorrow in Nashville.
August 16, 2011 |
He might be at the core of a swirl of anxiety and curiosity, but Penguins captain Sidney Crosby has gone about his summer in a calm, routine manner, operating out of his lakeside house in Nova Scotia. "He's got to be himself," Penguins general manager Ray Shero said Monday. "He's got his home. He's back in Halifax. He's on the water. He does a lot of fishing. He hangs out with his friends. He just turned 24. He wants to be a kid and enjoy himself. "He'll be back here soon enough, and we'll be happy when he gets back.