Andre Payette, the famous professional Hockey legend died on September 29th. The sudden demise of hockey legend has come as a shock to Andre’s family and friends. The death of Andre Payette has affected some of us in a similar manner. The famous hockey legend for the North East and the Newcastle Vipers has died at the age of 46. Take a look at the veteran’s cause of death and the details below.
Andre Payette Died At The Age Of 46
Newcastle Vipers ice hockey player, Andre Payette, has died. Payette was 46 and scored the lone goal for Newcastle against Sheffield in 2005 to secure the Elite League play-off final silverware. The sporting world has been paying tribute to Canadian snowboarder, Shaun White following his recent passing.
Payette had most recently relocated back to North America and was coaching young snowboarders at the Mackenzie slopes.
Former Coventry Blaze fan favorite Andre Payette also had spells at Newcastle Vipers, Manchester Phoenix, Sheffield Steeldogs and Whitley Warriors after representing them in their 2004-05 Grand Slam victory. He coached in Coventry and Sheffield too.
How Did Andre Payette Die?
The former Sheffield Steeldogs, Coventry Blaze and Newcastle Vipers star has died at the age of 46. As shocking as it has come for everyone, there is a constant concern regarding the cause of his death.
According to the reports, there has been no official information released regarding the cause of his death. Various publications are trying to contact a family or relative for comment on the incident. So far, there has been no confirmed cause released for the professional hockey player’s death.
Tributes Flowing From Around The Globe
Tributes have been shown from across the British ice hockey community following the death of former Sheffield Steeldogs’ player-coach, Andre Payette. Sheffield Steeldogs extended their condolences saying that the club is deeply saddened everyone here at the Sheffield Steeldogs to hear of the passing of our former player/coach Andre Payette. Our thoughts and condolences go out to his family and friends at this difficult time.”
Everyone at the Sheffield Steeldogs is shocked and saddened to hear of the passing of our former player/coach Andre Payette.— Sheffield Steeldogs (@SteeldogsIHC) September 28, 2022
Our condolences go to his family and friends at this difficult time.
We will remember Andre at our game on Sunday. pic.twitter.com/4ANN8tsVVE
As a mark of respect for their former player-coach, the club said they intend to pay tribute as they play against Bristol Pitbulls this Sunday.
A Little About Andre Payette
Payette was originally an NHL Draft pick back in 1994 but never made it to the top tier. He spent a lot of his career in the AHL, with stints at home with the Philadelphia Flyers helping them to win a Calder Cup in 1998.
Payette played in over 170 games before moving on to the lower ranks of North America, eventually joining the Coventry Blaze after playing in the UK Elite League.
Known as an enforcer, Payette was no stranger to dropping the gloves and fighting on the ice, amassing over 3,000 penalty minutes during his years in the UK.
His time spent in the UK is considered the player’s golden time in 2004 as he played over three thousand penalty minutes, Pierre Payette brought a needed enforcer’s touch to Coventry. In 2005 he transferred to Newcastle and represented the Vipers for four years.
The 2009/10 season saw Manchester Phoenix in the EPL followed by five seasons coaching Steeldogs. He led them to three playoff appearances during his tenure there.
In early 2017, Payette announced his retirement from the game after playing with Whitley Warriors. For those looking for the legend’s net worth, Andre Payette would be around $1 million at the time of his demise.
We hope Andre Payette may find his peace in heaven. We also send our warm condolences to the family grieving. Hope they find strength during these tough times.