As the hockey world mourns the loss of former NHL defenseman Steve Montador, reaction has been pouring in from all parts of the community. Fans, players and media alike have all been leaving their thoughts on the untimely death of one of the league’s “good guys”.
Montador was a big part of the Calgary Flames’ run to the Stanley Cup Finals in the spring of 2004, appearing in 20 of the team’s postseason games as a young player still trying to earn his keep in the league.
Off the ice, Montador was known for excessive charity work, including helping out those in need in Africa. An outpouring of support has come in for Montador’s family and friends from those who knew him, and those who didn’t. You can see some of the reactions below.
Regarding the investigation surrounding his death, police are treating it as a “sudden death investigation”, and foul play is not expected to be a cause at this time. An autopsy is currently pending.
Do you have a memory of Montador? Tell us your stories in the comment section below as we remember the life of a man gone too soon. The list of memories and words will be updated as they come in.
— Calgary Flames (@NHLFlames) February 15, 2015
So sad to hear the passing of my former teammate Steve Montador. I will always remember how good you were to me as a rookie Monty. #RIP
— Luke Adam (@LukeJAdam) February 15, 2015
R.I.P. Steve Montador. Sad to hear, great person and a great teammate.
— Jhonas Enroth (@JEnroth125) February 15, 2015
My prayers & thoughts to Steve Montador's family and friends. He was loved & his supporters were many.
— Craig Button (@CraigJButton) February 15, 2015
It is with great sadness to learn of the death of former #NHLDucks defenseman Steve Montador. Our thoughts go out to Steve's family.
— Anaheim Ducks (@AnaheimDucks) February 15, 2015
RIP Steve Montador. Monty laughed a lot and made the rink a fun place. So sad. Just spent some time with him this summer.
— Ryan Miller (@RyanMiller3039) February 15, 2015
— Farhan Lalji (@FarhanLaljiTSN) February 15, 2015
Michael is a former Managing Editor for The Hockey Writers. He’s covered the Buffalo Sabres, along with the NHL in general, for various outlets since 2009. His work has been featured on outlets such as Yahoo, Sports Illustrated and Fox Sports.