Former NHL enforcer Todd Ewen’s death is being classified as a suicide by police, CTV’s Amanda Singroy reports.
More specifically, Singroy reports that Ewen died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Blues chairman Tom Stillman released the following statement regarding Ewen earlier on Sunday:
“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:
St. Louis Blues owner Tom Stillman has been spending plenty of money this summer to retain key restricted free agents. He’ll have to spend even more to keep Alex Pietrangelo around as well, but that doesn’t bother him one bit.
The Blues haven’t been a spend-heavy team in a while, but Stillman tells Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch he’s OK with the money because of what it’ll bring.
“When we purchased the Blues a little over a year ago, we said that our plan was to straighten out the business side and put a strong, competitive, contending team on the ice,” Stillman said. “In my view, all we’re doing here is following through on what we said we would do. We’ve invested more heavily in the team itself, and we’re doing that because we want to win. We also think that is a smart investment because that is what’s going to make the franchise stable and sustainable as a business.”
Attendance has been a bit of a problem in recent years for the Blues thanks to issues with their ownership holding things down.
Now with Stillman in charge, the purse strings have loosened up a bit and guys like Kevin Shattenkirk, Chris Stewart, Jay Bouwmeester, and Derek Roy have benefited from that.
Now if they can just get Pietrangelo’s deal done everyone can get ready for the regular season.
PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.
You can officially add the Los Angeles Kings to the list of teams hot after Zach Parise. (Los Angeles Times)
The Ottawa Senators want a piece of the Devils’ captain as well. (Ottawa Sun)
Meanwhile, we’ll know by 10 a.m. ET if Parise is headed for free agency. (Bob McKenzie)
The Predators feel their signing of Paul Gaustad sends a message that they’re serious about free agency. That or they’re serious about spending a ton of (silly?) money to get above the salary floor and be a cap team. (Tennessean)
Meanwhile, the Preds trepidatiously wait Ryan Suter’s entrance to the free agent market today. (Tennessean)
Is this a “painfully thin” free agent market? (Buffalo News)
Bob Murray looks for big things to help improve the Ducks. Now if other GMs would stop ringing his phone off the hook for Bobby Ryan he could get to it. (OC Register)
Blues owner Tom Stillman has high hopes for his team in free agency to keep things rolling along. (Post-Dispatch)
Detroit’s free agent wishlist is actually pretty long today. Ken Holland better have a phone sewn to his ear today. (Detroit Free Press)
Meanwhile in Carolina, they’re excited by Jeremy Welsh and their prospect camp. (News & Observer)