Former NHL Player Steve Montador Dies at Age 35

February 15th, 2015 by Tyler Conway Leave a reply »

Steve Montador, a former NHL defenseman who last played for the Chicago Blackhawks in 2011-12, died Sunday morning. He was 35.    

Montador's cause of death is unknown at this time. Jason Spencer of the Mississauga News reported that a friend found him unresponsive in his home around 2 a.m. Sunday and he was pronounced dead within a half-hour. "Foul play is not suspected, pending the outcome of an autopsy," a police spokesperson said, per Spencer.

NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr issued a statement on Montador's passing, via Chris Johnston of Sportsnet:

An undrafted free agent when he signed with the Calgary Flames, Montador embarked on an unlikely decade-long career in 2001-02. He spent most of his career on third and fourth lines, though he did find success late in his NHL stay as a respectable passer.

In 2007-08, Montador set a career high with eight goals and had 23 points—one fewer than he'd put up in his first five seasons combined. That breakout season allowed him to embark on a solid second half to his career, during which he had s ...

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