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Wade Belak

Born:July 3, 1976Draft: 1994 Nordiques, 12th Overall
Hometown:Saskatoon, SaskatchewanPosition:Right Wing/Defense
Known For:AHL Calder Cup Champion (1997)Shoots:Right
National Team:Canada

Wade Belak (born July 3, 1976) was a Canadian ice hockey player, having played his final year in the NHL with the Nashville Predators during the 2010-11 season. Drafted 12th overall by the Quebec Nordiques in the 1994 NHL Entry Draft, Belak’s debut in the NHL would come during 1996-97 after the Nordiques were relocated to Colorado. He played just five games, spending the rest of the season with their AHL affiliate Hershey Bears. After three seasons with the organization, Belak was traded to the Calgary Flames in a deal that involved Theoren Fleury going to Colorado. During the 2000-01 season, Belak was traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs where he would spend the next six seasons and becoming a steadying presence on their blue line

Belak played two more years with the Florida Panthers and three with the Nashville Predators before announcing his retirement on March 8, 2011, citing complications with pelvic arthritis. Sadly, on August 31, 2011, Belak was found dead in a condo in Toronto. The details were not known, however, his passing came in a four-month span involving two other players’ deaths, Derek Boogaard and Rick Rypien.

Wade Belak
Wade Belak at the Hospital for Sick Children (Photograph by: Peter J. Thompson, National Post)

Wade Belak Statistics

Deeper Dive


  • AHL Calder Cup Champion (1997)
  • EIHL All-Star Second Team (2005)
  • EIHL Champion (2005)
  • EIHL Cup Champion (2005)
  • EIHL Grand Slam (2005)
  • EIHL Playoff Champion (2005)