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Starred:
Of all the Canuck players, Ron Stewart was born first (July 11, 1932). This record is unlikely to be broken.

Gone but Not Forgotten

It is the fate that awaits us all. Death can come after a long fulfilling life, be a tragic end for someone too young or be something in between. The Canuck family has faced these situations and will undoubtedly lose more members in the coming years.

Below is a list of the 26 Canuck players that have died, as well as a couple of "records" based on this somewhat morbid subject. Charlie Hodge is the latest addition to this list, having died in April 2016 at the age of 82.


Youngest Canucks at time of death:
21 - Luc Bourdon (2008)
27 - Rick Rypien (2011)
29 - Wayne Maki (1974)
29 - Stephane Morin (1998)
32 - Bob Cook (1978)

Oldest living Canucks (age as of July 2, 2016):
82 - Marc Reaume (born February 7, 1934)
79 - Orland Kurtenbach (born September 7, 1936)
77 - Cesare Maniago (born January 13, 1939)
77 - Leon Rochefort (born May 4, 1939)
76 - Wayne Connelly (born December 16, 1939)


Deceased Canuck Players
Player Born Era(s) Died Age Cause
Dave Balon 1937/08/02 2007/05/29 69 Multiple sclerosis
Rick Blight 1955/10/17 2005/04/03 49 Suicide
Luc Bourdon 1987/02/16 2008/05/29 21 Motorcycle accident
Bob Cook 1946/01/06 1978/03/29 32 Unknown
Pavol Demitra 1974/11/29 2011/09/07 36 Plane crash
George Gardner 1942/10/08 2006/11/06 64 Heart attack
Ivan Hlinka 1950/01/26 2004/08/16 54 Car accident
Charlie Hodge 1933/07/28 2016/04/16 82 Unknown
Willie Huber 1958/01/15 2010/06/28 52 Heart attack
Danny Johnson 1944/10/01 1993/03/06 48 Unknown
Vladimir Krutov 1960/06/01 2012/06/06 52 Internal bleeding
Len Lunde 1936/11/13 2010/11/22 74 Heart condition
Gary Lupul 1959/04/04 2007/07/18 48 Heart attack
Wayne Maki 1944/11/10 1974/05/12 29 Brain cancer/tumor
Pit Martin 1943/12/09 2008/11/30 64 Snowmobiling, fell through ice
Dennis McCord 1951/07/28 2005/02/07 53 Unknown
Stephane Morin 1969/03/27 1998/10/06 29 Heart failure during hockey game
Pat Quinn 1943/01/29 2014/11/23 71 Following a long illness
Rick Rypien 1984/05/16 2011/08/15 27 Suicide
Darryl Sly 1939/04/03 2007/08/28 68 Cancer
Fred Speck 1947/07/22 2011/02/10 63 Fell ill Nov.2010, unknown cause
Ron Stewart 1932/07/11 2012/03/17 79 Cancer
Doug Wickenheiser 1961/03/30 1998/01/12 36 Cancer
Barry Wilkins 1947/02/28 2011/06/26 64 Lung cancer
Howie Young 1937/08/02 1991/11/25 62 Cancer
Peter Zezel 1965/04/22 2009/05/26 44 Blood disorder

Notes
The NHL "Official Guide and Record Book" includes a notation for retired players that are deceased. The above list has been compared to 2016 edition (published at the start of 2015-16). Players that have died since then may not be on my list.

The Era(s) shows a small graphic based on their time as a Canuck player. There is a complete description of these icons on the All-time Canuck Roster page. WHL Canucks are not noted here.

My medical skills are limited to bandages and ice packs. The causes of death listed above are based on my understanding of some of the terms I have found through my research.

Content copyright 2001-2016 David Marchak
This page last updated July 02, 2016