Former NHL Player Steve Montador Dies
Former NHL player Steve Montador died on Feb 15. Montador had 33 goals and 131 points while playing for the NHL. He also played with the Flames, the Panthers, the Anaheim Ducks, the Boston Bruins, the Buffalo Sabres and the Chicago Blackhawks.
Found Dead In Mississauga Home
Officials from Peel Regional Police found Montador dead in his home Sunday morning, Mississauga News reported. The police responded to a call from Montador’s friend who found him dead at about 2am.
Police dismissed the possibility of a foul play pending the outcome of an autopsy according to Peel police spokeswoman Fiona Thivierge. The police are doing a death investigation and not a criminal one, Thivierge told the Mississauga News.
Former Teammates Mourning
NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman released a statement saying that the NHL family was saddened by Montador’s death.
“Steve’s career was defined by a passion for the game and a determination that made him a great teammate as well as respected opponent,” Bettman said in a statement published by the official website of the NHL.
Former Flames and the Florida Panthers teammate Martin Gelinas also released a statement saying Montador as a good friend even off the ice field. He said Montador lived with him and his family for more than six months in Florida.
“He was a family member. He was someone that cared. He had a lot of good energy. He was sharp. He was a very intelligent guy,” Gelinas said in a statement.
Ducks general manager Bob Murray also described Montador’s death as a very sad day for the team.
“Stece was one of those character players that brought great spirit and determination to his team,” Murray’s statement read.
The Blackhawks described his death as an “unfortunate loss.”
Flames’ forward Brandon Bollig had the nicest words for Montador. “I know everyone loved him and loved having him around,” Bollig said in a statement.