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Former Bruin Carol Vadnais dies at 68

Carol Vadnais (right) spars with Bobby Clarke during the 1975 NHL All-Star Game.AP FILE PHOTO

NEW YORK — Former Bruins defenseman Carol Vadnais, a six-time NHL All-Star, has died. He was 68.

The New York Rangers reported on their website that Vadnais, who spent seven seasons with the team, died Sunday. A cause of death was not given.

Vadnais was acquired by the Bruins midway through the 1971-72 season in a trade with the California Golden Seals. That Bruins team went on to win the Stanley Cup.

The Rangers acquired Vadnais along with Phil Esposito in 1975 in one of the biggest trades in NHL history. New York sent Brad Park, Jean Ratelle, and Joe Zanussi to the Bruins. Vadnais twice made the All-Star Game as a Ranger.


Vadnais made his NHL debut in 1966-67 with his hometown Montreal Canadiens and played 17 NHL seasons, also winning a Stanley Cup in 1968 with Montreal. He also played for the New Jersey Devils.

Vadnais had 169 goals and 587 points in 1,087 games. He appeared in 106 playoff games with 10 goals and 40 assists.

Vadnais is survived by his daughter, Michele, and two grandchildren.