The Maple Leafs released the following statement on Wednesday night regarding the death of former NHL player Wade Belak
"The Toronto Maple Leafs
are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Wade Belak
. Wade was extremely popular with his teammates, the staff, and Maple Leafs fans everywhere. He was the consummate team player on and off the ice. He will be deeply missed in the hockey community and our thoughts and prayers are with Wade's family and friends during this challenging time."