The death of longtime NHLer Wade Belak comes as a huge shock. It comes at a time after two NHL enforcers passed away and just as a documentary about NHL fighters gets ready for its premiere. His death is sure to send shockwaves through the hockey world and it’s likely that the hockey media will be all over this and the issues involving enforcers and fighting in the game.
While most people know Belak from his playing days, he was also becoming a prominent media personality. Belak was a favorite interviewer during his playing days and he parlayed that into his own series and radio talk show. While he was a Toronto Maple Leaf, Belak had his own segment on Leafs TV. He was also famous for a series of spoofs with Rogers Sportsnet reporter Greg Ross. This later led to his own short form series on the BiteTV cable channel and website called The Wade Belak Show. Belak would also become popular as a Nashville Predator and became a regular guest on several radio shows. He guested as an NHL Network analyst during the 2011 playoffs. Just this past week, Belak debuted on new Nashville sports radio station WPRT-FM 102.5 The Game. He was to host his own one hour show weekdays at 9 PM. He was recently named to be a part of the cast for the new season of CBC’s Battle of the Blades. He was also slated to be a sideline reporter during Predator broadcasts. My condolences go out to Belak’s family, friends and fans. The following is a video from his BiteTV program.