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Former NHL Player Suddenly Dies While Playing Recreational Hockey


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April 12, 2023  (10:57)
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Former NHL player and firefighter Raymond Sawada has tragically passed away while playing recreational hockey on Monday. He is survived by his wife and two young children, aged 9 and 6, who will undoubtedly feel the pain of his loss deeply.

Sawada was selected 52nd overall in the second round of the 2004 NHL draft by the Dallas Stars. Although he only played 11 games in the NHL for Dallas, he also played in several games in the American Hockey League for various teams. In 2015, after a season with the Belfast Giants in the Elite Ice Hockey League (EIHL), Sawada retired from professional hockey.
Troy Stecher, a current NHL player, remembers Sawada as an inspiration and an idol, as seen in his tweet. The Belfast Giants also expressed their condolences on social media, mourning the loss of a talented player and dedicated firefighter.
During this difficult time, our thoughts and prayers go out to Sawada's family and loved ones affected by this tragedy.
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