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by George Malik on 11/18/13 at 06:38 AM ET
Sometimes obituaries of hockey players offer little context. On Friday, the NHL reported that Reg Sinclair, who played in 69 regular season and 3 playoff games for the Red Wings back in the 1952-1953 season, had passed away at age 88.
It turns out that Mr. Sinclair has more than 69 games' worth of a connection to the Red Wings, and, when Mike Babcock receives his honorary doctorate from McGill University next Monday, the CBC News reports that Babcock's likely to pay tribute to one of the McGill Redmen's most legendary players:
Born on March 6, 1925 in Lachine, Que., Sinclair served with the Royal Canadian Air Force from 1943 to 1945. After the war, he enrolled at McGill, where he was an all-star with the Redmen from 1945 to 1949, and earned a commerce degree in 1949.
During his senior year, Sinclair served as captain of the Redmen and was voted MVP of the Senior Intercollegiate Hockey League after winning the conference scoring title with 21 goals and 14 assists in 12 games.
A prolific scorer, he tied a McGill single-game —recordwhich still stands—scoring 10 points, including seven assists, against the University of Montreal Carabins on Feb. 25, 1949.
Sinclair also established a number of other McGill records, including: most assists in a period, most assists in a game, fastest five points and assists in a game, fastest four points and assists in a game, and fastest three points and assists in a game.
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