“The Matador” Dies at 35

Evan Graves
Staff Writer

Canadian professional ice hockey defense man, Steve “The Matador” Montador, died February 15 at the age of 35. His cause of death has not been determined. According to the Peel Regional Police, Montador was found unconscious in his home in Mississauga, Ontario early in the morning on the day he passed.

Montador played for six different NHL teams over the course of his career.  “The Matador” scored 33 goals and assisted on 98, giving him 131 career NHL points.

Montador went undrafted and played in the Ontario Hockey League with the North Bay Centennials, Erie Otters, and Peterborough Petes. Montador was signed by the Calgary Flames as a free agent and made his NHL debut during the 2001-2002 NHL season playing eleven games and scoring a goal and two assists for three points.

During the 2004-2005 NHL lockout, Montador was one of the many NHL players to play in Europe, playing for French outfit Mulhouse. Early in the 2005-2006 season on December 2, 2005, Montador was traded by the Flames to the Florida Panthers.

During his first campaign with the Chicago Blackhawks in 2011-2012, Montador suffered a season-ending concussion on March 27, 2012. His post-concussion symptoms continued through the 2012-2013 season. On June 28, 2013, the Blackhawks revealed that Montador would be bought out making him a free agent during the off season.

 

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