EXPIRED: 08/31/11 – Wade Belak, 35, was born in Saskatchewan and grew up to be a typical Canadian jock. As a teen, he wanted to be a lifeguard. But then he discovered ice hockey.

He was drafted by the Quebec Nordiques in 1994, and later played for the Colorado Avalanche, Calgary Flames, Toronto Maple Leafs, Florida Panthers and the Nashville Predators in the National Hockey League (NHL). In 2004 he played for Coventry Blaze in the British Elite Ice Hockey League (EIHL) during the NHL lockout and was voted to the EIHL All-Star team at the end of the season.

Despite his aggressive performances, by 2007 Belak was about to set a Maple Leafs record for most consecutive games without a goal. He went 143 games until he finally. So he was traded to the Florida Panthers in 2008 and then traded to the Nashville Predators. After playing just 15 games since 2010, Belak was assigned to the Predators AHL affiliate, the Milwaukee Admirals.

At that point he called it quits and took a desk job with the Predators. In early August, Belak signed on for the popular Battle of the Blades TV show. Weeks later he took his life in his downtown Toronto condo.



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