Hockey note­book: Ex-NHLer Svatos dead at 34

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Marek Svatos, the Slo­vak for­ward who scored 100 goals in seven NHL sea­sons, died Satur­day at age 34 in Lone Tree, Colo. The cause of death wasn’t im­me­di­ately known. Svatos was drafted by the Colorado Avalanche in 2001 and last played in the NHL with the Ottawa Sen­a­tors in 2011. Trib­utes poured in on so­cial me­dia from for­mer team­mates in­clud­ing Darcy Tucker and Matt Duch­ene. “The en­tire Avalanche or­ga­ni­za­tion is ex­tremely sad­dened by this news,” said Avs GM Joe Sa­kic, who played with Svatos. “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 went on to play in Rus­sia’s KHL and in Slo­vakia with his home­town team, HC Kosice.

MAR­LIES: Kasperi Ka­pa­nen scored twice, in­clud­ing the game win­ner, as the vis­it­ing Toronto Mar­lies edged the St. John’s IceCaps 3-2 in Amer­i­can Hockey League ac­tion. Bren­dan Leip­sic added a goal for the Mar­lies (7-2-1), while Gar­ret Sparks made 28 saves for the win. The Mar­lies are on their an­nual ex­tended road trip with the Royal Winter Fair tak­ing over Ri­coh Coli­seum.

HURT­ING: The Is­lan­ders will be with­out top-four de­fence­man Travis Hamonic for up to six weeks with an up­per-body in­jury. Hamonic was hurt while block­ing a shot against the Oil­ers on Satur­day. In 12 games, Hamonic has two goals and five points, and is av­er­ag­ing 19:46 of ice time. MILE­STONE: Avalanche for­ward Jarome Iginla skated in his 1,485th NHL game on Sunday against the Blues, 19th on the ca­reer list and three be­hind Wayne Gret­zky in 18th.

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