Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 07/11/09 at 07:27 PM ET
from Chicago Breaking News,
Reggie Fleming, a member of the Chicago Blackhawks 1961 Stanley Cup champions, passed away this morning at Northwest Community Hospital in Arlington Heights, his son Chris said today. He was 73.
A hard-nosed defenseman known for the kind of grittiness that earned him the reputation as one of the toughest hockey players in his day, Fleming was especially valuable as a penalty-killer. He also set what was then a single-game NHL record for penalty minutes as a rookie with the Hawks during a matchup with the New York Rangers.
Reggie’s son Chris did a series of interviews with his dad after he suffered a stroke and heart attack four years ago . Watch the first of the series…
The rest of the interviews can be watched here, with the last interview done about a month ago.
If I may suggest, maybe take a few minutes of your day to watch the first video of the series which may in fact lead you to watch the rest of the series.
added 6:41pm, Chicago Blackhawks Chairman W. Rockwell “Rocky” Wirtz and General Manager Dale Tallon have released the following statements regarding the passing of former Blackhawks forward Reggie Fleming, 73.
“We will certainly miss Reggie, a life-long Blackhawk,” Wirtz said. “He’ll be remembered for his fiery personality and his support for this franchise which did not waiver in good times or in bad. Our thoughts and prayers go out to him and his family.”
“Today is a sad day for the Blackhawks family, with the loss of Reggie,” Tallon said. “On the ice he was fierce competitor and off the ice he was caring and gentle. We will certainly miss him and his strong passion for the Blackhawks.”
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