Retired NHL Player Tragically Passes Away at The Age of 38

Published April 12, 2023 at 9:00

Former NHL player and firefighter, Raymond Sawada, passed away on Monday while playing recreational hockey. Sawada leaves behind his wife and two young children aged 9 and 6, who will undoubtedly feel the pain of his loss deeply.

Sawada was drafted 52nd overall in the second round of the 2004 NHL draft by the Dallas Stars. He played 11 games in the NHL for Dallas and several games in the American Hockey League for various teams. Sawada retired from professional hockey in 2015 after playing for the Belfast Giants in the Elite Ice Hockey League (EIHL).

Troy Stecher, a current NHL player, shared on social media how Sawada was an inspiration and idol to him. The Belfast Giants also expressed their condolences, recognizing the loss of a talented player and dedicated firefighter. Our thoughts and prayers are with Sawada's family and loved ones affected by this tragedy.

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