Labine led Bruins in scoring in '54-55

Updated: February 26, 2005, 6:00 PM ET
Associated Press

NORTH BAY, Ontario -- Former Boston Bruin and Detroit Red Wing Leo Labine is dead at 73.

Labine, nicknamed the Lion, died Friday at North Bay Hospital, a hospital spokesman confirmed. He played 12 years in the NHL, with 128 goals and 321 points in 643 games.

Labine saw his first action with the Bruins in 1951-52, when he played in 15 games. He was the team's leading scorer in 1954-55 when he had 24 goals and 18 assists and had a career best 47 points in 1956-57.

He was best known for aggressive, physical play, twice leading the Bruins in penalty minutes. He was traded to the Detroit Red Wings in 1961 and spent two seasons with the Red Wings.

Funeral arrangements were pending.


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