Former Montreal Canadiens' defenseman Nathan Beaulieu has been a serviceable defenseman during his time in the NHL. 

While he's never lived up to the hype of being a first round draft pick, he's put in his work as a third pairing defenseman. 

Unfortunately after he was traded by the Canadiens, he's been in a bit of a decline. 

He kind of started to find his game in Winnipeg but had a bit of a tough time this past year in Winnipeg battling some injuries. 

The defenseman revealed a really tough story about how his dog was killed by a drunk driver right before the 2019-20 season. 

“A driver, speeding through a south Winnipeg suburb where Beaulieu and his fiancée, Katie Carpenter, were living, mounted the curb and clipped his beloved best friend, a five-year-old Doberman he named Joey after his favourite character on the TV show Friends.”

“It was by far the most difficult thing that ever happened to me in my life. More in the sense of how it happened. I don’t even know how to describe it. It’s like a pain you’ll never get rid,” said Beaulieu.

“When you have a companion like that… I like dogs more than most people. When I was in Montreal, after getting him, you’d have a tough game, you’d come home and he didn’t care how you played. He just wanted to hang out with you and be your best friend.”

To this day the driver has yet to be found.