Tough Loss: Todd Ewen Dead At Age 49

Photo les archives Journal de Quebec, Leopold Rousseau

Photo les archives Journal de Quebec, Leopold Rousseau

Losses on the ice seem few and far between for the Montreal Canadiens but the rate at which they seem to be losing former players is quickening at a disturbingly uncomfortable rate.  Resident tough guy Todd Ewen, a 1993 Stanley Cup winner, has died at the tender age of 49.  No details regarding the situation have been released as of yet but he was not known to have been ill or in any bad condition otherwise, making the news particularly shocking. (Update: CTV reported that Todd Ewen appeared to have died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. Ewen’s family also said he battled depression for years)

 

Perhaps the most underrated enforcer the Canadiens ever saw, the Saskatoon native retired with 1,911 penalty minutes which places him at 58th highest in National Hockey League history.  He participated in 518 games divvied up between the Blues, Ducks, Sharks and Habs. Todd gave back to the game by partaking in coaching videos as well as becoming an accomplished coach at various levels, culminating with the MACHA Gold Championship in 2011. He also illustrated and wrote children’s books.

 

We remember Todd in this tussle.

 

Rest In Peace

 

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