Retired defenseman Steve Montador dead at 35

Sun Feb 15, 2015 7:29pm EST
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(Reuters) - Former teams, team mates and union officials paid tribute to retired NHL defenseman Steve Montador on Sunday after he was found dead at home at the age of 35.

Montador, who played for six NHL teams over 10 seasons, was pronounced dead after police arrived at his home in Mississauga, Ontario in the early hours of Sunday morning, the Mississauga News reported.

"We are all deeply saddened to learn of the sudden death of Steve Montador," Don Fehr, executive director for the National Hockey League Players' Association (NHLPA), said in a statement. 

"Steve was a great person who quickly became a friend of everyone he came to know in the game."

The Mississauga News report said a friend had discovered Montador dead and called police. Foul play was not suspected pending the results of an autopsy, the report quoted local police as saying.

Montador played for the Calgary Flames, Florida Panthers, Anaheim Ducks, Boston Bruins, Buffalo Sabres and Chicago Blackhawks during his career. He had 33 goals and 98 assists in 571 career games.

His former team mates took to Twitter to express their sadness.

"Monty laughed a lot and made the rink a fun place. So sad. Just spent some time with him this summer," tweeted Vancouver’s Ryan Miller, who played with Montador in Buffalo.

Montador's former teams also paid tribute.   Continued...