BY: Bruce Berlet
Not surprisingly, the mother of Wade Belak said the former NHL player suffered from depression before committing suicide last Wednesday.
“I think he was taking control of that,” Lorraine Belak said in a phone interview with the Canadian Broadcasting Company from Nashville, Tenn. “He didn’t talk about it all the time or a lot.”
The body of the 35-year-old Belak was found in a downtown luxury hotel and condominium in Toronto where he was staying as he prepared for the reality show “Battle of the Blades,” the CBC’s version of “Dancing With the Stars.” A person familiar with his death said Belak, who had eight goals, 25 assists, 136 fights and 1,263 penalty minutes in 549 NHL games for five teams in 14 seasons, hanged himself just hours after joking with 2006 Olympic pairs silver medalist Tanith Belbin on a Twitter post.
Posted in AHL, Connecticut Whale, Greenville Road Warriors, Hartford Whalers, Hartford Wolf Pack, Hockey, New York Rangers, NHL, Sports
Tagged Chris Drury, David Poile, Derek Boogaard, Hartford Wolf Pack, Madison Square Garden, Nashville Predators, Nashville Tennessee, National Hockey League, National Hockey League Players' Association, Paul Holmgren, Ryan Callahan, Tie Domi, Tim Thomas, Wade Belak
Chris Drury is a Connecticut guy through and through and today a long and incredibly successful career came to an end as the former New York Rangers captain called it a career and retired.
From winning the Little League World Series, to Bean Pot and a College National Championship to the Olympics and of course the Stanley Cup, Chris Drury has always been and always will be a winner.
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Tagged Chris Drury, Glen Sather, Little League World Series, National Hockey League, National Hockey League Players' Association, New York Ranger, New York Rangers, NHL, Sports, Stanley Cup, USA Hockey
By: Bruce Berlet
It seemed appropriate that rain fell as hundreds of family, friends and hockey teammates, opponents and officials filed in and out of the chapel for the private funeral of Derek Boogaard on Saturday.
The New York Rangers were well represented at the funeral of their left wing/enforcer who was found dead in his apartment on May 13. Rangers president/general manager Glen Sather and assistant GM/assistant coach/Connecticut Whale GM Jim Schoenfeld led about 40 team officials, players, trainers and support staff who were among those at the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Depot in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, where Boogaard’s father Len, brother Ryan and two uncles had trained.
Posted in AHL, Charlotte Checkers, Connecticut Whale, ECHL, Greenville Road Warriors, Hartford Whalers, Hartford Wolf Pack, Hockey, IIHF World Championships, New York Rangers, NHL, Sports
Tagged Connecticut Whale, Derek Boogaard, Doug Risebrough, Marc Staal, Minnesota Wild, National Hockey League, National Hockey League Players' Association, New York City, New York Rangers, NHL, Regina Saskatchewan, Ryan Callahan, Saskatchewan