Former Colorado Avalanche Winger Marek Svatos has Passed Away

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SUNRISE, FL - MARCH 31: Marek Svatos #10 of the Ottawa Senators prepares for a face off against the Florida Panthers on March 31, 2011 at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Florida. The Senators defeated the Panthers 4-1. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)

Former Colorado Avalanche forward Marek Svatos has passed away at the age of 34. The news came as a shock to the hockey world when it was first announced by the IIHF’s twitter account early Sunday morning.

Former Colorado Avalanche Winger Marek Svatos has Passed Away

Avalanche general manager and executive vice-president Joe Sakic said in a statement today that  “The entire Avalanche organization is extremely saddened by the news. Marek was a tremendous person, a talented hockey player and a great teammate. Our thoughts, prayers and our deepest sympathy to his wife, children and his entire family”.

The 34-year-old from Kosice, Slovakia spent six NHL seasons with the Avalanche. His most productive campaign came in 2005-2006 when he put up 50 points in 61 games. That Avalanche team that would go on to lose the conference semi-finals to the Anaheim Ducks. Svatos was drafted by the Avalanche in the seventh round of the 2001 NHL Entry Draft. He spent his first six NHL seasons with the team before spending time with both the Nashville Predators and the Ottawa Senators during the 2010-11 season.

Svatos represented Slovakia at the Under 18, World Junior, World Championship, and Olympic level. His junior career also included a Memorial Cup championship with the Kootenay Ice in 2002. Among frequent day-to-day injuries, major injuries such as concussions, a torn ACL, back injuries, a broken finger, and knee surgery held back a very promising career for the speedy winger.

Tributes

Multiple NHL players including former teammate Matt Duchene, have taken to twitter to express their sadness and support the Svatos family.

Ottawa Senators goaltender Craig Anderson, who’s wife Nicholle was recently diagnosed with cancer said that he was “very sad to hear about the passing of Marek Svatos. He was a great guy and tremendous player – he will be missed by many”.

Our thoughts and prayers go out out to the Svatos family during this difficult time. The cause of death is unknown at this time.

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