MONTREAL -- The Montreal Canadiens are saddened by the passing of former NHL defenseman Carol Vadnais at age 68.
A 16-year NHL veteran, Carol Vadnais began his career in Montreal with the Canadiens in 1966. Two years later, in 1967-68 he helped the Canadiens win the Stanley Cup. Vadnais would also suit up with the California Seals, the Boston Bruins, the New York Rangers and the New Jersey Devils. In 1,087 regular season NHL games, he tallied 587 points, including 169 goals. Vadnais also etched his name on the Stanley Cup with the Boston Bruins in 1972.
Following a playing career which saw him feature in 42 regular-season games with the Canadiens in addition to two playoff appearances, Vadnais returned to the organization in 1985-86 as head coach of the Verdun Junior Canadiens, leading the QMJHL team to a second-place finish in the Lebel Division. In two seasons with Verdun, Vadnais went 41-62-4 over the span of 107 games.
Vadnais returned to the Canadiens again in 1994-95 as a professional scout before leaving in 1996 to pursue a career in real estate.
Our deepest condolences go out to the Vadnais family.
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