Rogatien Vachon covers the puck while Carol Vadnais of team Canada looks on against team Czechoslovakia during a Canada Cup game on Sept. 13, 1976 in Toronto.
Photograph by: Denis Brodeur, NHLI via Getty Images
Former NHL defenceman Carol Vadnais died Sunday at the age of 68 after a bout with cancer.
Born in Montreal, Vadnais played junior hockey for one season with the N.D.G. Monarchs. before beginning his NHL career with the Canadiens in 1966. He played a total of 42 games over two seasons with the Habs.
He was claimed by the Oakland Seals in the 1968 expansion draft and became that team’s captain, The Boston Bruins acquired Vadnais in 1972, and he spent five seasons with the club, recording a career-high 74 points in 1974-75. He was sent to the New York Rangers in 1975 as part of a blockbuster deal that also sent Phil Esposito to the Rangers.
Vadnais won two Stanley Cups over the course of his career: with the Canadiens in 1968 and with the Bruins in 1972. He played a total of 1,087 regular-season games and 106 playoff games, scoring 179 goals and 458 assists between 1966 and 1983.
After retiring from hockey, Vadnais lived in Laval and became a commercial and industrial real estate agent, according to a 2009 Canadiens profile.
Serge Savard, Vadnais’s former teammate and friend, told 98.5 FM radio host Guy Simard that he had known Vadnais since he was 15 years old. “He was my best friend through my entire life,” Savard said.
Vadnais leaves behind a daughter and two grandchildren.
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