NHL defenseman Steve Montador has passed away at the age of 35 for unknown reasons…
Steve Montador, who was a defenseman in the NHL for 10 seasons, mysteriously died in his home at age 35.
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The 35-year-old played for the Calgary Flames, Florida Panthers, Anaheim Ducks, Boston Bruins and Buffalo Sabres before playing his final NHL season with the Chicago Blackhawks.
Although he was never able to win a Stanley Cup, he helped the Flames reach the Stanley Cup Finals in 2004, where they took it to seven games before falling to the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Montador had also scored the game-winning goal in overtime of Game 1 in the Western Conference Finals.
He spent two more seasons in the Kontinental Hockey League and American Hockey League before hanging up his jersey for good. Montador was found dead in his home at 2 a.m. after the police were called, and they unsuccessfully tried to resuscitate him.
The cause of death is unknown, but an autopsy will be performed.
A statement in Montador’s honor was given by NHL commissioner Gary Bettman.
“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,” Bettman said.