Michel Mongeau passed away this weekend. He was suffering from skin cancer. Survived by his wife and two children, he was just 45 years old.
Mongeau was a scoring machine almost everywhere he went. He is legendary in Quebec junior and the old IHL circles. In both leagues he is considered to be amongst the best to have ever played.
Despite his offensive prowress he was never drafted by the National Hockey League. It was not until his monstrous IHL campaigns that the St. Louis Blues gave him a look, even giving him a chance to play on a line with Brett Hull.
Ultimately Mongeau's stint in the NHL was too short, just like his life. You can read more about Mongeau's career and life here, including how he tried suing Chris Tamer after a terrible cross-checking incident.