Former Avalanche player Marek Svatos dies at 34

LONE TREE, Colo. -- Former Avalanche forward Marek Svatos has died, the Lone Tree Police Department said. Svatos was 34.

Svatos died Saturday in Lone Tree, where he lived with his wife and two children.

Police said they were called to Svatos' home on Bluffmont Drive about midnight Friday for a medical issue. When officers arrived, they found Svatos was already deceased and the coroner's office was called.

The International Ice Hockey Federation announced his death Sunday morning but did not say how he died.

"The entire Avalanche organization is extremely saddened by this news," Avalanche general manager Joe Sakic said in a statement. "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."

Avalanche center Matt Duchene tweeted that he was "thinking and praying for the Svatos family."

Svatos scored 164 points in 316 games with the Avalanche.