Former Buffalo Sabres defenseman Steve Montador has died, according to multiple reports.
The 35-year-old was found dead this morning in his Ontario home, according to the Mississauga News. Police do not suspect foul play.
Montador played 571 NHL games over 10 seasons, including 151 with the Sabres from 2009-2011. He last played in the NHL with the Chicago Blackhawks in 2011-12 before a concussion ended his season. He retired last season after playing in the KHL.
Montador was often the Sabres’ best defenseman during his two-year stint, showcasing an aggressive style with some offensive punch. Off the ice, he was always willing to chat.
He had acknowledged in interviews he battled depression.
The Sabres have released the following statement: “The Buffalo Sabres were deeply saddened to hear about the passing of Steve Montador. Steve was a passionate hockey player, a valued member of the Sabres family and a highly respected individual off the ice. Our thoughts and condolences are with Steve’s family and friends during this difficult time. ”
RIP Monty. A great friend and teammate! You will be missed!
— Mike Weber (@Mike6Weber) February 15, 2015
Sad to hear the passing of a friend and great teammate Steve Montador. #restinpeace
— Patrick Kaleta (@patrick_kaleta) February 15, 2015
R.I.P. Steve Montador. Sad to hear, great person and a great teammate.
— Jhonas Enroth (@JEnroth125) 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