Todd Ewen, Canadian ice hockey player, died at 49

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5434rtf365d564tTodd Gordon Ewen, born on March 22, 1966 and died September 19, 2015, he committed suicide by gunshot.

Todd was a Canadian professional ice hockey player who played for several teams in the NHL.

A right wing Ewen was primarily known as an enforcer. He played for the St. Louis Blues, Montreal Canadiens, Mighty Ducks of Anaheim and San Jose Sharks.

Todd retired with 1,911 penalty min. putting him 58th for all time career. He was born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan and raised in St. Albert, Alberta. Ewen would win the Stanley Cup in 1993.

After leaving his professional career Ewen made several coaching videos with Championship productions on “How to buy equipment for your child”, “Break out Basics” and “Checking”.

He also was coaching director for the Chesterfield Hockey Association, Lafayette Varsity head coach and assistant coach for Saint Louis University Billikens.

Todd never played for the Oilers but was called up to the team for the 1985 Stanley Cup playoffs.

At the beginning of the next season, Todd was assigned to the Minors in Nova Scotia where he had a run-in with coach Larry Kish. He was traded to the St. Louis Blues.

He played parts of four years with St. Louis and had one of his most memorable fights with Bob Probert. In his second fight in the National Hockey League, he knocked out Probert with one punch. This would be the start of the battles with Probert that would continue.

He was traded to the Montreal Canadiens in 1990 in their attempt to add an enforcer to the team for a Stanley Cup run.

He played four seasons for Montreal, which culminated in a Stanley Cup Championship in 1993.

Before the start of the 1994 season, Todd was traded to the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim after the expansion draft and was the first trade made by the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim along with Patrick Carnback.

He spent the next three seasons protecting the team’s star players Paul Kariya and Teemu Selanne along with his partner, Stu “The Grim Reaper” Grimson. During this time with the Mighty Ducks, Todd served as the assistant captain for all three years.

The Mighty Ducks achieved a record for the winningest expansion franchise team in history.

After three years with the Mighty Ducks, Todd joined the San Jose Sharks as a free agent in 1996–97, his last season in the NHL.

His career ended with double knee surgery. Todd attended camp with the Phoenix Coyotes, but officially retired after suffering a knee injury in camp.

Todd Ewen died at age 49 on September 19, 2015.

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