Former NHL defenseman Steve Montador found dead at 35

Rob Grabowski / US PRESSWIRE

The hockey world was met with sad news on Sunday.

Former NHL defenseman Steve Montador was found dead at his home in Mississauga, Ontario. He was 35. 

"Foul play is not suspected, pending the outcome of an autopsy," Peel Regional Police Const. Fiona Thivierge said, according to the Mississauga News. Additionally, the incident is being treated as a sudden death investigation, not a criminal investigation.

Montador, who was undrafted, appeared in 571 NHL games with the Calgary Flames, Florida Panthers, Anaheim Ducks, Boston Bruins, Buffalo Sabres and Chicago Blackhawks

His most successful run came with the Flames, with whom he played 20 playoff games in 2004, culminating in a Game 7 loss in the Stanley Cup Final. 

He last suited up for Zagreb Medvescak of the KHL in 2013-14, following a season-ending concussion with the Blackhawks in 2012.

Upon learning the news, tributes began pouring in on social media:

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