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Blackhawks: Former Captain Pat Stapleton Passes Away at 79

Pat Stapleton, Chicago Blackhawks
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On Wednesday, former Chicago Blackhawks’ captain. Pat Stapleton passed away at the age of 79 due to complications from a stroke.

We have the unfortunate news of letting Chicago Blackhawks‘ fans know that former team captain Pat Stapleton has passed away due to complications from a stroke. Stapleton was the team captain in 1969-70 for 49 games.

Stapleton started his career with the Bruins, before playing for the Blackhawks. He was in Chicago from 1966 to 1973. During those eight seasons, he played in 545 games, scoring 41 goals with 286 assists for 327 points.

The left-handed defensemen from Ontario would spend the last five seasons of his hockey career in the WHA. He’d play in 372 WHA games, scoring 27 goals with 212 assists for a total of 239 points.

Later in his hockey career, he would play in the 1972 summit and the 1974 summit for team Canada putting up three points in 15 games.

Even though Stapleton didn’t make it to the Hockey Hall of Fame, he was inducted to Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame in 2005.

We sent our best to his family, friends, and everyone who knew him best. Stapleton is survived by his wife, Jackie, his four kids, and 13 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his two daughters.

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