Marek Svatos: Former NHL Star found dead at 34

Marek Svatos: Former NHL Star found dead at 34

Marek Svatos, former NHL forward for the Colorado Avalanche, has died at the age of 34, according to multiple news sources, Marek Svatos’ death was reported by Slovakian journalist and author David Puchovsky, who is president of the Colorado Avalanche’s European fan club, Eurolanche.

Police said they were called to Svatos’ home on Bluffmont Drive about midnight Friday for a medical issue. When officers arrived, they found Svatos was already deceased and the coroner’s office was called.

The International Ice Hockey Federation announced his death Sunday morning but did not say how he died.

“The entire Avalanche organization is extremely saddened by this news,” Avalanche general manager Joe Sakic said in a statement. “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.”

Avalanche center Matt Duchene tweeted that he was “thinking and praying for the Svatos family.”

Svatos scored 164 points in 316 games with the Avalanche.