Former Blackhawk Steve Montador dead at 35

FILE - Chicago Blackhawks' Steve Montador gets congratulations from teammates on Sunday, Nov. 13, 2011. (AP Photo/Charles Cherney)

Former Blackhawk defenseman Steve Montador died Sunday morning at age 35, officials confirm.

Peel Region Police say Montador was found unconscious in his home in Mississauga, Ontario, early Sunday morning and was later pronounced dead. No foul play was suspected.

The Chicago Blackhawks released a statement on Montador's death, saying, "With deep sadness we mourn the unfortunate loss of former Blackhawk Steve Montador. We join the many others throughout the NHL in keeping Steve's family and friends in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

Montador made his NHL debut in 2001 with Calgary and played for six teams in parts of 10 seasons. The defenseman had 33 goals and 98 assists in 571 career games.

Montador had five goals and nine assists in 52 games with Chicago in his last NHL season. He suffered a concussion in February 2012 and played in just one game the rest of the year.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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