Former Boston Bruins defenceman and Edmonton Oilers head coach Ted Green died at at the age of 79, the Oilers confirmed in a statement Saturday.
Longtime @NHL d-man & #Oilers coach Ted Green has passed away at the age of 79. Coach Green was part of all five Cup teams & will be dearly missed. Our sincerest condolences go out to his family.— Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) October 12, 2019
The Rangers honoured him pre-game today & we'll be doing the same on Wednesday. pic.twitter.com/01sA9eNjqO
Green was a member of Boston’s blueline from 1960-1972, although he did not compete during the 1969-70 season due to a skull fracture he suffered during the 1969 preseason. Appearing in 620 NHL games, the St. Boniface, Manitoba native recorded 48 goals and 254 points. Green was also a feisty competitor, racking up 1,029 penalty minutes, earning the moniker ‘Terrible Ted’ along the way.
The defenceman won the Stanley Cup with the Bruins during the 1971-72 season. Green also played seven seasons in the WHA with the New England Whalers and the Winnipeg Jets.
After his playing career, Green made his foray into coaching. He was an assistant coach for all five of Edmonton’s Stanley Cup wins and was later named as head coach from 1991-1994. Green would return to the franchise as an assistant coach in 1997, after a brief hiatus. Following the 1999-2000 campaign, he joined the New York Rangers’ coaching staff, serving as an assistant with the team until 2004.
The Rangers, who are hosting the Oilers, honoured Green prior to the start of Saturday’s game. Edmonton has announced that it will also honour Green prior to its next home game on Oct. 16.
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