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NHL Grieves Loss of Steve Montador

Former National Hockey League defenseman, Steve Montador, passed away on Sunday at the age of 35.

Montador, an undrafted defenseman began his 10 year NHL career with the Calgary Flames in 2000. Over those 10 seasons, he appeared in 571 games for the Flames, Anaheim Ducks, Boston Bruins, Buffalo Sabres, Chicago Blackhawks and Florida Panthers. Scoring 33 goals and 98 assists while acquiring 807 penalty minutes.

NHL Commissioner, Gary Bettman said in a statement, “The NHL family was saddened to learn of the passing of Steve Montador. Steve’s career was defined by a passion for the game and a determination that made him a great teammate as well as a respected opponent. We extend our deepest sympathies to Steve’s family and friends.”

Flames assistant coach, Martin Gelinas, former teammate of Montador in Florida and Calgary, said, “I’ve only got good memories of Steve, as a hockey player for what he did for this city, but more importantly, Steve was a good friend off the ice.” Gelinas added, “He was someone that lived with my family for more than six months when I was 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.”

Ducks General Manager, Bob Murray said, “This is a sad day for all of us, Steve was one of those character players that brought great spirit and determination to his team. Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this difficult time.”

Montador finished his career in 2011-2012 with the Blackhawks. In a statement the Blackhawks expressed their sympathies saying, “With deep sadness we mourn the loss of former Blackhawk, Steve Montador. We join the many others throughout the NHL in keeping Steve’s family and friends in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.”

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