“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 was a member of the Stanley Cup-winning Montreal Canadiens team from 1993 and also played for the Ducks, Sharks and Blues.
As mentioned in this AP article, former teammates also shared their thoughts on Ewen.
The hockey world has reacted to the sad news, as well:
Todd Ewen suicide is part of an inescapable and troubling trend among NHL enforcers.
“In a perfect scenario, this would be a place I could see myself playing out the rest of my career,” Lucic said on Saturday. “Again, obviously it’s no secret I’m on the last year of my contract and going into a summer where I could potentially be a UFA, but at the end of the day, I’m not too worried about that.”
Is it possible that Lucic was doing a little bit of damage control after acknowledging his childhood dream to play for the Vancouver Canucks to TSN in late August?
Lucic translated: "Totally shouldn't have indicated I want to play in Vancouver w/ every fiber of my being recently" http://t.co/AsFrQ8CsH1
“I remember San Jose had the second pick, and my agent looked at me and said, ‘You’re going to Nashville.’ I said, ‘Whoa,'” Legwand said. “Other than that, it was pretty much a whirlwind day. It was exciting, obviously. It’s like it comes full circle to get the chance to play where you’re drafted.”
Many Sabres fans view Legwand as a mere throw-in for the Robin Lehner trade, yet he may pay dividends, and not just on the ice.
To some extent, it feels like a broken record: a long-suffering member of the Edmonton Oilers hopes this is the year.
Familiar refrain or not, there are some reasons for Jordan Eberle to feel a little more justified in their optimism this time around.
Most obviously, the Oilers added another key piece to the war chest in Connor McDavid, someone who’s hyped as a better prospect than Sidney Crosby. Maybe just as importantly, they hired Todd McLellan as head coach.
After a series of fairly “green” bench bosses, they have one who’s experienced success. Even better: Eberle experienced success with McLellan, as they enjoyed nice moments at the Worlds alongside Taylor Hall.
Those wins – not to mention those key changes – has Eberle wondering if he’ll finally be a winner in the NHL, as the Edmonton Sun reports.
“It’s been tough, to be honest, five years of this, it grows on you, you start to think of yourself as a bit of a loser,” Eberle said on Saturday. “For me and Hallsy, personally, going to Worlds and winning and having that winning feeling back, was something that I was really, really proud of for myself, proud of him and proud of our team.”
It’s one thing to feel pride for what amounts to a modified group of Canadian All-Stars. Will that finally transfer to success for the Oilers?
If this continues, that loser label will just get tougher to shake.