BY: Bruce Berlet
Another tragic story rocked the pro hockey world Wednesday when another former tough guy battling personal issues, Wade Belak, was found dead in his Toronto condominium.
Belak, who was 35, announced his retirement from hockey in March and was training to compete in “Battle of the Bladers,” a Canadian Broadcasting Company show that is hockey’s version of “Dancing With the Stars.” Dying seeming impossible after he had posted on Twitter on Tuesday night, joking with 2006 Olympic pairs silver medalist Tanith Belbin.
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We only had a few opportunities to speak with E.J. McGuire. Sure we could have written something that would have sounded either totally disconnected and written like some heartless obituary. Instead we decided to speak to a few of the people who knew him best and get their thoughts on the loss of not only the Hartford Wolf Pack’s first coach, but their friend and colleague.
After reading this story, we hope you’ll share your recollections of this truly fine person.
We’ll start with Gerry Cantelon who has been covering hockey in the state of Connecticut for the Associated Press and Waterbury Republican-American, Elm City Citizen Newspapers and Hat Trick magazine, plus numerous independent hockey publications and websites for more years than any of us care to remember. He has covered the Hartford Wolf Pack, and later the Connecticut Whale from day one and of all of the reporters around knew McGuire best.
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