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Former hockey player Pentti Lund, 87, passes away

Posted on 16th April 2013 by hockeymedia in The Want List,Tribute

NHLOne-time Calder Trophy winner Pentti Lund has passed away at age 87. The former NHL forward passed away on Apr. 16, 2013 in his hometown Thunder Bay, ON.

Lund won the Calder Trophy as the NHL’s Outstanding Rookie in 1948-49. After having played three playoff games with the Bruins over two seasons (including a game in the 1947 Stanley Cup final), he scored 30 points as an NHL rookie in 1948-49 with the New York Rangers. Then after a 27-point season in 1949-50, he had a breakout playoff leading the Rangers to the Stanley Cup final.

Lund scored 11 points in 12 games as the Rangers reached the seventh-and-deciding game of the final. In heart-breaking fashion, the Rangers lost the final in double overtime to the Red Wings.

After one more season with the Rangers, Lund played two seasons with the Bruins. After a couple post-retirement jobs, he then worked as a sports journalist for 25 years with the Thunder Bay Times-News.

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