BREAKING | Former Canucks head coach, long-time NHLer passes away at 93

Published May 8, 2023 at 4:30 PM

Some sad news to report on in the hockey world on Monday afternoon. Former Vancouver Canucks head coach and long-time National Hockey League forward Vic Stasiuk has passed away at the age of 93.

The Lethbridge native began his National Hockey League career in 1949 and would go on to play for the Chicago Blackhawks, Boston Bruins and Detroit Red Wings until 1963. In 745 career regular season games, Stasiuk had 437 points (186 goals, 254 assists) and 669 penalty minutes. During 69 Stanley Cup Playoff games, he put up 34 points. As a member of the Red Wings he won the Stanley Cup twice, in 1952 and 1955.

Following his playing career, Stasiuk began coaching, mainly in minor professional leagues before making the jump to the NHL with the Philadelphia Flyers and then the California Golden Seals.

His final season as a head coach in the National Hockey League came in 1972-73 where he was behind the bench for the Vancouver Canucks, guiding them to a 22-47-9 record in 78 games.

Our thoughts are with the Stasiuk family at this very difficult time.

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