DENVER – Colorado Avalanche Executive Vice President/General Manager Joe Sakic confirmed the passing of 34-year-old former Avalanche player Marek Svatos.

“The entire Avalanche organization is extremely saddened by this news. 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.”

Svatos played for the Avalanche from 2004-2009 and resided in Lone Tree.