Gilles Tremblay, Stanley Cup winner with Canadiens, dies at 75

Gilles Tremblay played his entire career with the Canadiens, from 1956-69, and won the Stanley Cup four times.

 

Gilles Tremblay, a former Montreal Canadiens forward who played on four Stanley Cup-winning teams in the 1960s, has died. He was 75.

The team announced Tremblay died Wednesday in Montreal. He played his entire nine-year career with the Canadiens, scoring 168 goals and adding 162 assists over 509 regular-season games.

An exceptional skater known for his contributions on both ends of the ice, Tremblay helped Montreal win the Stanley Cup in 1965, ’66, ’68 and ’69. Injuries and asthma sidelined him, and he was forced to retire at 31.

The native of Montmorency, Quebec, spent nearly 30 years as a hockey analyst. He was awarded the Hockey Hall of Fame’s Foster Hewitt Memorial Award for broadcasting excellence in 2002.

National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman said Tremblay’s "career as a player and broadcaster bridged four glorious decades of Montreal Canadiens hockey." 

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