Society for International Hockey Research
2009 Hockey Deaths
The following list was compiled by SIHR member Patrick Houda. All of the people listed are in some way connected to hockey. If you have any additions or corrections, please send them to webmaster@sihrhockey.org.

January 2
Cyril "Cy" Thomas – Passed away at the age of 82 in Calgary, AB, Canada.
The Welsh born Thomas played in the NHL for Chicago Blackhawks and Toronto Maple Leafs during the 1947-48 season.

January 2
Donald "Don" Sanderson – Passed away at the age of 21 in Hamilton, ON, Canada.
He sustained head injuries suffered in a game. Played for Whitby Dunlops (OHA Sr.).

January 11
Walter "Wally" Olds – Passed away at the age of 59 in St.Croix, MN, Canada after a short battle with colon cancer. Wally played in the WHA and finished his playing career in Europe (Germany, Switzerland, Sweden and Austria). He represented USA in three World Championships and one Olympic tournament, winning the silver medal.

January 19
John "Jack" Davies – Passed away at the age of 80.
Represented Canada at the 1950 World Championships and 1952 Olympics, winning the Gold medal both times.

January 19
Leo Atwell – Passed away at the age of 95 in Burnaby, BC, Canada.
Played the majority of his career for Nelson Maple Leafs in the 1930's.
In 1970, he was the recipient of the Hockey Canada Order of Merit. This award is given for outstanding contributions to hockey in Canada.

January 29
Millard "Sonny Boy" Wakeford – Passed away at the respectable age of 101 in Tulsa, OH, USA. This former contractor enjoyed a long and successful playing career in the old AHA with the Tulsa Oilers.

February 3
Sidney "Sneaky" Finney – Passed away at the age of 70 in Calgary, AB, Canada.
Irish born Finney played in the NHL for Chicago Blackhawks between 1951-54 and had a long and successful career in the WHL.

February 10
Leo "Pav" Richards – Passed away at the age of 89 in Temperance, MI, USA.
He had a long minor pro career in leagues like the AHL, EAHL, PCHL and IHL etc.

February 23
William "Bill" Jenkins – Passed away at the age of 86 in Saskatoon, SK, Canada.
This WW II veteran played in various minor pro leagues around Canada, including AHL, EAHL, PCHL and WCSHL to name a few.

February 27
Mike Lockert – Passed away of heart attack in his sleep at the age of 43 in South Bend, IN, USA. He was the radio announcer for Huntingdon Blizzard (ECHL) and the play-by-play announcer for Notre Dame University.

March 1
Alfred "Alf" Pike – Passed away at the age of 91 in Calgary, AB, Canada.
Picked up the nickname "The Embalmer" after having worked in a funeral home with his uncle, it stuck with him for the rest of his playing career. This WW II veteran spent six seasons with the New York Rangers in the NHL.

March 2
Miran Krmelj – Passed away at the age of 68 in Zagreb, Croatia.
Represented Yugoslavia at the 1964 Olympics and scored 102 league goals in 202 games.

March 6
Colleen Howe – Passed away at the age of 76 in Bloomfield Hills, MI, USA.
Known as Mr.Hockey's wife and inducted in the US Hockey Hall of Fame for her work in youth hockey over the years.

March 9
Lawrence "Larry" Regan – Passed away at the age of 78 in Ottawa, ON, Canada.
A top penalty killer who played in the NHL with Boston Bruins (1956-59) and Toronto Maple Leafs (1959-61). He also spent three years in Austria with Innsbrucker EV at the twilight of his career. He became the first GM of the Los Angeles Kings.

March 10
Anatoly Seglin – Passed away at the age of 87 in Moscow, Russia.
He participated in the first league championship and won both silver and bronze medals in the Soviet championships with Spartak Moscow. Was primarily known as a good football player for many years. Later coach and referee.

March 11
Bernard "Bernie" Grebinsky – Passed away at the age of 76 in Winnipeg, MB, Canada.
He played many years with the Regina Pats and Winnipeg Maroons.
In the mid 60's he traveled around Europe with the Maroons, representing Canada.

March 21
Walter "Walt" Poddubny – Passed away at the age of 49 in Thunder Bay, ON, Canada.
"Pud" or "Sarge"scored 422 points in 468 NHL games for five different clubs.
March 24
Igor Stelnov – Passed away at the age of 46 in Moscow, Russia.
Solid defenseman who represented Soviet Union at the 1984 and 1988 Olympics as well as the 1986 and 1987 World Championships.

March 25
Gábor Ocskay – Passed away of a heart attack at the age of 33 in Budapest, Hungary
A longtime captain and one of Hungary's best players in the modern era, scoring a total of 104 points in 72 World Championship games.

April 5
Frank "Sully" Sullivan – Passed away at the age of 79 in Toronto, ON, Canada.
He played in the NHL for Toronto Maple Leafs (1949-50, 52-53) and Chicago Blackhawks (1954-56) but spent most of his time in the AHL.

April 7
Dr.Allan Morris - A chiropractor who passed away at the age of 74 in Calgary, AB, Canada. He led several junior teams to Ontario Championships in the 70's. Also served as the president of the Ontario Hockey Federation and was on Hockey Canada board of directors.

April 15
James "Jim" Haight – Passed away at the age of 95 in Kamloops, BC, Canada.
He won the World Championships with Canada in 1939 (represented by the legendary Trail Smoke Eaters).

April 16
Åke Lassas – Passed away at the age of 84 in Leksand, Sweden
The big defenseman had a long playing career, spaning between the 1940's and 60's. The first recipient of "Guldpucken" (Swedish player of the year) represented Sweden in five World Championship tournaments and two Olympic tournaments.

April 18
Kiril Vuzharov – Passed away at the age of 21 when he was stabbed to death outside a nightclub in Sofia, Bulgaria. The goalie for the Bulgarian National Team had just represented his country a few days earlier.

April 23
Gordon "Gord" Sinclair – Passed away at the age of 78 in La Jolla (San Diego), CA, USA.
Known as "The Wedge", this hardnosed defenseman played more than 1000 games in the WHL, mostly in Seattle and San Diego.

May 19
Clinton "Clint" Smith – "Snuffy" passed away at the age of 95 in Vancouver, BC, Canada. This Hall of Famer was almost a point-per-game player in the NHL with Chicago Blackhawks and New York Rangers. He was also known as one of the most gentlemanly players of all time.

May 21
Robert Müller – Passed away at the age of 28 in Rosenheim, Germany after a battle with brain cancer. He represented Germany both as a junior and senior. He played in six "A-Pool" World Championships, two Olympics and one World Cup.

May 26
Peter Zezel – Passed away of a blood disorder at the age of 44 in Toronto, ON, Canada.
A strong two-way player and faceoff specialist who played 15 seasons in the NHL with seven different teams.

May 28
Edward "Eddie" Dorohoy – passed away at the age of 80 at his home in Vancouver, BC, Canada while watching the NHL playoffs.
Nicknamed "The Great Gabbo" and "The Pistol", he had a long and distinguished hockey career in the minor leagues, most notably the strong and tough WHL. He played one season in the NHL for the Montreal Canadiens in 1948-49. All in all he scored 1173 points in 980 career games.

May 29
Henry "Hank" Bassen – Passed away at the age of 76 in Calgary, AB, Canada
Goaltender who spent parts of nine NHL seasons, playing for Chicago Blackhawks, Detroit Red Wings and Pittsburgh Penguins.

June 2
William "Bill" "Red" McKenzie – Passed away at the age of 89 in Sarnia, ON, Canada.
He played his entire career for Port Arthur both as a junior and senior. He performed very well in the prestigious Allan Cup games, totaling 65 points in 54 games. After his playing career he became a longtime hockey referee, even blowing his whistle at the 1960 Winter Olympics.

June 8
Nathan Marsters – Passed away at the age of 29 in Smithsville, ON, Canada after a car accident. This former college goaltender played in the AHL, ECHL, CHL as well as in Europe.

June 9
Lawrence "Lorne" Freemark – Passed away at the age of 84 in Renfrew, ON, Canada.
This WW II veteran (Royal Canadian Navy) played his junior and senior hockey in Renfrew, but also spent a year playing professional hockey in the English National League for the Harringay Greyhounds in 1947-48

July 6
Franz Berry – Passed away at the age of 70 in Davos, Switzerland.
Swiss international who represented Switzerland at the 1956 and 1964 Olympics. Also played at the 1959 World Championships (Pool A) and 1961,63,66 (Pool B). Active in the sporting goods industry after his playing career. Was in poor health the last couple of years.

July 9
Ronald "Ron" Kennedy – Passed away of a brain tumour at the age of 56
This minor leaguer had a long career in Europe, playing in five European countries, most notably in Holland. After his playing career he became a successful coach who at one time coached the Austrian National Team.

July 11
Reginald "Reggie" Fleming – Passed away at the age of 73 in Arlington Heights, Illinois, USA. This hardnosed winger enjoyed a stellar 12 year NHL-career with six different teams.

July 22
Fritz Spielmann – Passed away at the age of 76 in Innsbruck , Austria
Multi talented athlete who represented Austria both in Ice Hockey and Football (Soccer). Two time Olympic ice hockey player (1956 and 1964). Also played for Austria at the 1953,55,61,62,63 (Pool B) World Championships.

July 28
Donald "Don" Rope – Passed away at the age of 80 in Cambridge, ON, Canada.
Rope had a long playing career in the senior leagues and attended the 1949 training camp with Toronto Maple Leafs. He won a bronze medal with Canada at the 1956 Olympics and a silver medal at the 1960 Olympics. He also won a silver medal at the 1962 World Championships. His daughter was also an Olympian and competed in the 1976 Olympic games (gymnastics). He became a successful physical education teacher after his playing career.

August 13
Allan "Al" Purvis – Passed away at the age of 80 in Brentwood Bay, BC, Canada.
He helped Canada win both a World Championship Gold medal in 1950 and an Olympic Gold in 1952. After his playing career he became a CEO of Waterloo Motors. Also served as director of the Edmonton Eskimos (CFL) when they won several Grey Cup championships.

August 14
Theodore "Ted" Kennedy – "Teeder" passed away at the age of 83 in Port Colborne, ON, Canada. This Hall of Famer had a stellar career as a captain in the NHL with Toronto Maple Leafs.

August 15
Donald "Don" Vogan – Passed away at the age of 79 in Edmonton, AB, Canada.
He is primarily remembered for representing Canada in the 1951 World Championships in Paris, France where he helped them win the Gold. After his playing career he worked with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police until his retirement in 1974.

August 15
Norman "Norm" Park – Passed away at the age of 57 in Langley, BC, Canada after a courageous battle with cancer. He never played in the NHL but attended a few training camps with Los Angeles Kings. He played several years in the AHL, IHL and WHL.

August 22
Erkki Laine – Passed away at the age of 51 in Asikkala, Finland
Represented Finland at the 1984 and 1988 Olympics. Died in a boating accident at his summer house.

August 23
Donald "Don" McLean - Passed away at the age of 82 in Lethbridge, AB
Represented Canada at the 1951 World Championships (Lethbridge Maple Leafs). Worked for 42 years as an Alberta Brewers Agent.

September 10
Frederick "Fred" Pearson – Passed away at the age of 86 in West Newbury, MA.
Represented USA at the 1948 Olympics. Learned to play hockey in Canada and fought in WW II. Studied at Yale University. Became an advertising executive.

September 17
Christian "Kikkan" Petersen – Passed away at the age of 71 in Levanger, Norway
A veteran of four World Championships (1958,59,62 and 65) and one Olympic tournament (1964).

October 18
Ernest "Ernie" Laforce – Passed away at the age of 93 in Russell (Ottawa), ON, Canada.
He was a longtime senior player who played one game in the NHL for Montreal Canadiens in 1942-43 as an injury replacement.

October 30
Igor Vyazmikin – Passed away at the age of 43 in Moscow, Russia.
The highly talented Vyazmikin helped the Soviets win the gold in the 1986 World Junior Championships and also had a bried cup of coffee with the Edmonton Oilers in 1990-91.

October 31
Georges Hartmeyer - Passed away at the age of 85 in Brussels, Belgium.
He represented Belgium in the 1947,49 and 50 World Championships, plus some in the lower pools.

November 16
Harold "Harry" Taylor – Passed away at the age of 83 in Sidney, BC, Canada
He played in the NHL for Toronto Maple Leafs 1947-49 and Chicago Blackhawks 1951-52.
After his playing career he worked for Trans Canada Pipe Lines until his retirement in 1984.

November 19
James "Jim" Stanfield – Passed away at the age of 62 in Spokane, WA, USA where he lived and worked for the past 25 years. He was the first new years baby born in Canada 1947. One of seven hockey playing brothers, the most known being Fred Stanfield (914 NHL games). He played in the NHL for Los Angeles Kings 1969-72.

November 24
Abe Pollin – Passed away at the age of 85 in Washington, DC, USA.
The son of a Russian metal worker was one of the last old school owners, owning both the Washington Capitals in the NHL and the Washington Wizzards in the NBA.

December 9
Kathryn Waldo – passed away of lung and kidney failure at the age of 33 in Rochester, NY, USA. She led the Northeastern Huskies to a conference title in 1997.

December 18
Adelbert "Del" St.John – Passed away at the age of 78 in Klagenfurt, Austria.
This Canadian from the prairies went on to have a long and legendary playing career in Austria, representing the country in the 1964 Olympics and numerous other World Championship tournaments.

December 19
Edward "Ed" Ferenz – Passed away at the age of 74 in Yardley, PA, USA.
He played in the old Eastern Hockey League in the 1950's and later became a public address anouncer for both the Philadelphia Phillies (football) and Philadelphia Flyers (hockey).

December 19
Anthony "Tony" Bukovich – Passed away at the age of 94 in a Northern Michigan retirement home. He played for the Detroit Red Wings in the NHL between 1943-45.

December 31
Jean-Claude "Tod" Campeau – Passed away at the age of 86 in Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, QC, Canada. He used to play in the NHL for Montreal Canadiens 1943-44 and 47-49.

December 31
Ross Johnstone – Passed away at the age of 83 in Toronto, ON.
Played briefly in the NHL (42 games), winning the Stanley Cup with Toronto Maple Leafs in 1945. Also a good golfer. Had been married for 64 years at the time of his passing.

Date unknown 2009
Zdenek Marek – Passed away at the age of 84 in New York, NY, USA.
He won the World Championships in 1949 with Czechoslovakia.