Magnuson played for and coached Chicago

Updated: December 21, 2003, 8:28 PM ET
Associated Press

CHICAGO -- The Chicago Blackhawks honored former player and coach Keith Magnuson with an emotional video tribute and moment of silence before Sunday's game against the New Jersey Devils.

Magnuson, 56, was killed in a three-car accident in Toronto on Monday. He and retired defenseman Rob Ramage were returning from a funeral when their vehicle crossed into an oncoming lane and struck a sport utility vehicle, which then was hit by another vehicle.

The Blackhawks showed highlights and still photos of the rugged defenseman's childhood and 11 NHL seasons during a three-minute video montage.

Blackhawks broadcaster Pat Foley narrated the tribute, stepping from the ice to the penalty box as he described a player known more for his heart and work ethic than speed and skills.

Magnuson's widow, Cindy, and children Kevin and Molly received a two-minute standing ovation.

Cries of "We love you Maggie!" and "Keith!" were shouted from the crowd during the moment of silence.

Magnuson played for the Blackhawks from 1969-80 and coached the team for 1 seasons. He played in 589 NHL contests, all with Chicago. Magnuson also was a founding member of the Chicago Blackhawks Alumni Association.


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