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Canucks' Gary Lupul Dies at 48

07/19/2007 at 7:11pm EDT

Such sad news:

Former Vancouver Canucks player Gary Lupul died on Thursday. He was 48.
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Lupul played 293 for the Canucks between 1979 and 1986, recording 70 goals and 75 assists in 293 regular-season games. He also appeared in 25 playoff games with the team, posting four goals and seven assists.

Lupul had been working for the Canucks as an amateur scout.

“We are deeply saddened by today’s news and on behalf of the entire Vancouver canucks organization, I would like to extend my sincere sympathies to Gary’s family,” Canucks general manager Dave Nonis said. “Gary was one of the most popular Canucks players in the history of the team and a key member of the scouting department. He will be greatly missed.”

A native of Powell River, British Columbia, Lupul played on the 1982 Canucks squad that reached the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time in franchise history.

More on Lupul’s career at Legends of Hockey.

I was so sorry to read this…

Update 10:45 PT:

From CanWest:


Gary Lupul, a former Vancouver Canucks hockey player, was found dead in a Burnaby, B.C., home Wednesday.

Lupul, considered one of the most popular players in the team’s history playing seven seasons in the 1980s and going to the Stanley Cup finals in 1981, was confirmed dead by the Burnaby RCMP.

“There’s no indication of foul play at this time,” RCMP Cpl. Jane Baptista said Thursday.

“The coroner is involved. We’re still trying to speak to some of the family but there are no indications that his death was caused by anything suspicious.”

He was 48.

Lupul was currently working as a scout with the Canucks for junior and college games in Ontario after being in and out of rehab for addiction.

Considered a “local” favourite, fans used to cheer “Loop, loop” from the stands during the 293 games he played with the Vancouver Canucks.

Other media have reported that Lupul had died of a heart attack but police have refused to comment.

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