ST. LOUIS -- Todd Ewen, the former NHL enforcer called "The Animal" for his rugged play and fighting ability, died Saturday. He was 49.
The St. Louis Blues confirmed Ewen's death on their Twitter account without providing details.
"We're sad to learn of the passing of former Blue Todd Ewen today," the team tweeted. "Our thoughts are with the Ewen family at this time."
The 6-foot-3, 230-pound forward last played in the NHL with San Jose in 1996-97. Born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Ewen played junior hockey for the New Westminster Bruins in the Western Hockey League.
Former Blues star Brett Hull tweeted his respect for his ex-teammate:
I was proud to call Todd Ewen a teammate and more importantly, a friend. Can't believe you're gone. #foreverablue— Brett Hull (@HOFBlues16) September 20, 2015
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.