Former DU scholar and hockey player dies at age 29

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Edward "Ted" O'Leary, a scholar-athlete who played on the University of Denver's 2004 and 2005 NCAA championship teams, died Sunday in Denver. He was 29.

During his four-year hockey career at DU, O'Leary was listed as being from Arvada, but he was the 2000 valedictorian at Vail's Battle Mountain High School and played hockey throughout Colorado. He joined DU in 2002, after playing two years of junior-A for Cedar Rapids in the United States Hockey League.

"Hard worker, well respected by his teammates, assistant captain his senior year and he understood his role. Very good penalty killer. Excellent student," DU associate head coach Steve Miller said Wednesday.

O'Leary played in 67 career NCAA games and was named Western Collegiate Hockey Association student-athlete of the year as a senior in 2005-06, just before graduating magna cum laude with a biology degree. He also earned a master's degree at DU's Daniels School of Business.

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