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The NHL Hall of Famer was born in Montreal in 1946 and moved to Los Angeles in 1967, where he played for the Kings and St. Louis Blues before joining the Nashville Predators in 1974.
He was a fixture in the game’s biggest stage, becoming a fixture as the face of the National Hockey League for more than a decade, earning an all-star nod in 1983 and becoming the league’s first player to receive an Olympic medal.
The NHL’s popularity soared in the 1980s and 1990s, with the league hosting the 1996 Winter Olympics, a franchise record and an iconic moment for the game in its first 100 years.
But the sport’s success has slowed, and in recent years the league has suffered a number of injuries, including one last-minute blow to the head in the opening game of the 2016-17 season, when Alexander Ovechkin, then with the Washington Capitals, skated away with a broken nose.