NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Former Nashville Predator Wade Belak has been found dead in his Toronto condo. His body was found Wednesday afternoon at the One King West Hotel and Residence.
Toronto police were investigating the cause of death, according to Canadian Press. Information about the cause of death was not immediately available. It was unknown if police suspected foul play.
Belek was an "enforcer" on the Predators squad and popular with fans.
According to the Toronto Star, Belak had been preparing to take part in the reality sports TV show Battle of the Blades on CBC, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.
Belak played in parts of 14 seasons with five NHL teams, including three years with the Predators. He retired as a player in March after being waived by the team and sent to Nashville's AHL affiliate, the Milwaukee Admirals.
He was still working with the Predators organization and was expected to join the broadcast team as a sideline reporter for the upcoming season.
Belak was 35 years old. He and his wife have two small daughters, ages 7 and 5.
The Nashville Predators issued a statement, saying:
"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 who 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."
General Manager David Poile was expected to read the statement at 6:15 p.m. at Bridgestone Arena.
Belak was the third NHL enforcer to have died in the last few months. Winnipeg's Rick Rypien was found dead earlier this month, and former Rangers enforcer Derek Boogaard died in May.