OVER­DOSE KILLED EX-PLAYER SVATOS

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - By Tom McGhee Tom McGhee: 303-954-1671, tm­cghee@den­ver­post.com or @dpm­cghee

For­mer Avalanche winger Marek Svatos had codeine, mor­phine and an anti-anx­i­ety med­i­ca­tion in his sys­tem when he died of com­bined drug in­tox­i­ca­tion last month, the Douglas County Coro­ner’s Of­fice said Mon­day.

Svatos, 34, of Kosice, Slo­vakia, was liv­ing in Lone Tree when he died Nov. 5.

He had a his­tory of heroin use and had gone through drug re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion, ac­cord­ing to the coro­ner’s re­port. He also had sus­pected de­pres­sion, prior sui­ci­dal thoughts and “re­cent life stres­sors.”

“Drug para­pher­na­lia was found at the scene,” the re­port said.

Blood pan­els found traces of codeine, mor­phine and the an­tianx­i­ety med­i­ca­tion Xanax.

A sev­enth-round Avalanche draft choice in 2001, he scored 96 goals for Colorado in an in­jury-plagued stay from 2003-10.

He also played briefly for Nashville and Ot­tawa in 2010-11, his fi­nal NHL sea­son.

In ad­di­tion, he was with two teams in the Kon­ti­nen­tal Hockey League, in­clud­ing the Slo­vakia-based Bratislava Slo­van, and fin­ished his pro­fes­sional ca­reer with his home­town team, Kosice, in the Slo­vak pro league in 2013-14.

Den­ver Post file

Marek Svatos played for Colorado from 2003-10.

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