Ex-NHL defenseman Steve Montador found dead aged 35

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Former NHL defenseman Steve Montador has passed away today aged just 35, numbers reports confirmed today.

According to The Mississauga News, it was a female friend of Montador who found the former NHL man dead in his home at approximately 2 a.m.

The Canadian played over 500 games in the NHL between 2001 and 2012 - beginning with the Calgary Flames and ending with the Chicago Blackhawks.

Police confirmed Montador's death at around 2.30 am on Sunday morning and are not currently treating his sad passing as a criminal investigation.

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Per The Mississauga News:

"Foul play is not suspected, pending the outcome of an autopsy," said Const. Fiona Thivierge, a Peel police spokesperson.

At this time, Thivierge said, the incident is being treated as a sudden death investigation, not a criminal investigation."

Pro career

Montador entered the NHL with the Calgary Flames in 2001, amassing 94 games, 9 points and 201 penalty minutes before leaving for the Florida Panthers ahead of the 2005-06 seasons.

The Vancouver native spent three season with the Panthers before spells at the Anaheim Ducks, Boston Bruins, Buffalo Sabres and Chicago Blackhawks.

Montador's final season in the NHL was cut short after he suffered a concussion in March 2012.

He finished his NHL career with 33 goals, 131 points and 807 penalty minutes in 571 games.

Most recently, Montador was playing in Croatia for Zagreb Medvescak KHL.

Blackhawks statement

The Chicago Blackhawks today expressed their sadness at Steve Montador's passing, releasing the following statement:

"With deep sadness we mourn the unfortunate 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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