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Marek Svatos (1982 - 2016)

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Marek Svatos (1982 - 2016)

Marek Svatos, a former NHL forward for the Colorado Avalanche, has died at the age of 34, according to multiple news sources.

Svatos’ Nov. 5 death was reported by Slovakian journalist and author David Puchovsky, who is president of the Colorado Avalanche’s European fan club, Eurolanche.

Svatos was living in Lone Tree, a suburb of Denver, Colorado, with his wife and two children. The Lone Tree police responded to a call for medical aid at the home around midnight Saturday, according to Sgt. Ryan Gallegos.


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Svatos was from Slovakia and was drafted by the Avalanche in 2001. He scored 100 goals during his NHL career. He scored a career-best 32 goals during the 2005 – 2006 season.

He played with the Avalanche until 2010 and then played one more season, splitting time between Nashville and Ottawa.

Avalanche general manager Joe Sakic was a teammate of Svatos when both were playing for the team.

"The entire Avalanche organization is extremely saddened by this news," 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."

Current Colorado Avalanche center Matt Duchene tweeted, “Very saddened to hear of the passing of former Avalanche teammate, Marek Svatos. He was a great person and player.”

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