November 26, 2014

MONTREAL (AP) Gilles Tremblay, a former Montreal Canadiens forward who played on four Stanley Cup-winning teams in the 1960s, has died. He was 75.

The team announced Tremblay died Wednesday in Montreal. He played his entire nine-year career with the Canadiens, scoring 168 goals and adding 162 assists over 509 regular-season games.

An exceptional skater known for his contributions on both ends of the ice, Tremblay helped Montreal reach the Stanley Cups in 1965-66 and 1968-69. Injuries and asthma sidelined him, and he was forced to retire at 31.

The native of Montmorency, Quebec, spent nearly 30 years as a hockey analyst. He was awarded the Hockey Hall of Fame's Foster Hewitt Memorial Award for broadcasting excellence in 2002.

National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman said Tremblay's ''career as a player and broadcaster bridged four glorious decades of Montreal Canadiens hockey.''

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