Gainey Foundation to honor wife, daughter of Habs GM

Updated: May 2, 2007, 5:51 PM ET
Associated Press

MONTREAL -- Montreal Canadiens general manager Bob Gainey is creating the Gainey Foundation in honor of his late wife and his daughter Laura, swept overboard in the Atlantic last Christmas.

Gainey was joined Wednesday by his three surviving children in setting up the fund, which will support causes dear to his late wife Cathy and his daughter Laura. It was the first time he has discussed his daughter's death since the tragedy.

The 25-year-old was swept by a wave off the Picton Castle, the tall ship on which she was working about 475 miles off Cape Cod. A three-day search in the Atlantic Ocean was fruitless.

Gainey is a member of the hockey Hall of Fame who won five Stanley Cups during a 16-year career with the Canadiens. He had met twice with the media since her death but had not discussed it.

His wife, Cathy, died in 1995 after a five-year battle with cancer.

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