Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Remembering Wade Belak

There really are no words to describe the tragedy of losing a guy like Wade Belak at the young age of 35. Belak was a guy who could put a smile on every face he encountered. During his time in Nashville, Belak was one of the most beloved Preds simply because of his personality.

Belak was never a hockey player that was extremely gifted with skill. He was an enforcer who stuck up for his teammates on a nightly basis. His death is obviously very difficult for the Nashville Predators and their fans. The team released this statement regarding Belak's death:

"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. He 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."

This summer has been one of tragedy in the NHL. Derek Boogaard, Rick Rypien and Belak all lost their lives this summer. All of these men are gone long before they should have been.

Belak was everybody's favorite guy in the locker room while he was here in Nashville. If you ever asked who was the funniest person in the room, the answer was always Wade Belak. Current Preds players and former players alike have used Twitter to express their thoughts on Belak.

Blake Geoffrion: "Wade Belak was one of the funniest dudes I had ever met. Just was with him earlier this summer. Can't believe it Thoughts and prayers to his fam."

Jonathon Blum: "Wade was one of the nicest and funniest hockey players i have ever met and was able to call a teammate. Thoughts and prayers to his family"

Mike Fisher: "Still in shock! Wade will be missed by many! Great person gone far too early!"

Jordin Tootoo: "Very sad to loose a great teammate and a better person in Wade Belak. The Tootoo family send his family all our thoughts and prayers."

Shane O'Brien: "RIP Beeker you were the best.... My thoughts and prayers are with Wade's family friends and former teammates.."

Obviously, players are taking the news very hard. The next few days will be a time for mourning and remembering what a great person that Wade Belak was. He always took the time to take a picture or sign an autograph. Belak will be greatly missed by everyone that he came in contact with. We at Hockey Night in Nashville send our sincerest condolences to his family. Remember the type of person that Wade Belak was. Try to make someone laugh. Look at things from a new perspective and try to give people joy. That's the best way to honor his memory.

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