Dallas Stars GM Joe Nieuwendyk was on Fan 960 in Calgary this morning and he was asked about Wade Belak, who was found dead in Toronto on Wednesday. Nieuwendyk played with Belak in Toronto and was in Florida's front office when Belak suited up for the Panthers.
Here was what Nieuwendyk had to say about Belak's death.
“Boy oh boy, it was a tough night sleeping. Just still in shock and devastated. Wade is one of those guys that was just a terrific teammate and everybody loved him. Everybody understood he had a difficult role playing in the National Hockey League, but he did so much more than that. He was great with the kids off the ice and he was a fan favorite and a media favorite. He was a terrific human being. It’s very difficult. I only played one year with him – it’s funny that I played only one year with him but he’s one of the guys I’ve kept in touch with since I’ve retired. It’s a tough time.”