Former Oilers enforcer Dave Semenko, best known as Wayne Gretzky's bodyguard on the ice, died of cancer Thursday morning in Edmonton. He was 59.
The Winnipeg native had it all in the early 1980s, playing on the left side of the Oilers' top line with stars Jari Kurri and Gretzky and winning two Stanley Cups.
"It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Oilers legend Dave Semenko after a short, but courageous battle with cancer. Dave will be remembered as a fierce competitor, loyal teammate, fan favourite and dear friend to so many," the Oilers said in a statement.
"His legendary toughness on the ice is surpassed only by his kindness and caring for others, and his equally legendary wit and sense of humour. Our hearts go out to Dave's family and many friends."
Here's my profile of Dave Semenko.