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Montreal Canadiens star of the 50’s and 60’s Bernie Geoffrion has died at the age of 75 from stomach cancer.  He was the guy that invented the slapshot, and he won a pile of Stanley Cups with the Habs.  He was also the second NHL player to score 50 goals in a single season; teammate Maurice “Rocket” Richard was the first.  And there weren’t any of those 82 game seasons back then.  He won the Calder Trophy as rookie of the year in 1952, won the Hart (MVP) in 1955, and lead the league in scoring in both 1955 and 1961.  He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1972.

Sadly, he died today, the very day the Canadiens were to retire his #5. 

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