Canadian TV tribute for Wade Belak

The first episode of a hit show on Canadian television will be a

tribute to the late Wade Belak.

The recently retired NHL enforcer was to compete on the third

season of ”Battle of the Blades.” The show pairs professional

hockey players and figure skaters. Belak was found dead in a

Toronto hotel and condo last month. Police have called the death an

apparent suicide.

The hourlong episode on the CBC network features all the players

preparing for the competition. CBS says the tribute on Sept. 18

will highlight Belak’s ”enthusiasm and humor.”

CBC says it hopes to find a replacement for Belak, who was

partnered with figure skater Kim Navarro. Live competition begins

Sept. 25.