This is Lude Check, one of hockey's all time great names.
Check, of Brandon, Manitoba, played in 27 NHL games, 26 with Chicago, during the late stages of World War II. When NHL regulars returned from the war, Check did not find employment in the NHL. Instead he became a star with the Ottawa Senators of the Quebec senior hockey circuit until 1951. He was a key player in the Senators Allan Cup championship in 1949.
Check died on Monday, May 11th, 2009. He was 91 years old, although there appears to be some confusion about his birth year.
His obituary does not hint at his cause of death. He spent his post-hockey career working for Hiram Walker's for three decades. He has remained in the Ottawa area all of these years.
Ludie Check's memorial service is today, May 14th, 2009. You can leave comments and condolences at his online guest book.