ST. LOUIS - The St. Louis Blues and the Blues Alumni Association are mourning the death of Todd Ewen.
Blues Chairman Tom Stillman has issued the following statement: "We are deeply saddened by the passing of former Blue Todd Ewen. Todd was an outstanding individual who called St. Louis home and continued to devote much of his time to the game he loved. On behalf of the entire St. Louis Blues organization, our thoughts and prayers are with the Ewen family during this most difficult time."
Ewen played for the Blues from 1986 to 1990, appearing in 124 regular season games in St. Louis. He was nicknamed "The Animal" for his tough style of play, and he registered 10 goals and seven assists while collecting 493 penalty minutes as a Blue.
After an 11-year NHL career, Ewen made St. Louis his home and devoted himself to coaching youth hockey. He served as an assistant coach for Saint Louis University's hockey program in 2008 and took over as the team's head coach in 2009, where he remained until last year.
Ewen was also an active board member of the St. Louis Blues Alumni Association.
Brett Hull, who played with Ewen in St. Louis, tweeted "I was proud to call Todd Ewen a teammate and more importantly, a friend. Can't believe you're gone."
The Blues Alumni Association also issued a statement, saying "We respectfully send our most heartfelt condolences to Todd's family, friends, teammates and the players he coached, and ask for privacy as we all grieve during this difficult time."