Former NHL player Vic Lynn dies

Updated: December 8, 2010, 11:09 PM ET
Associated Press

SASKATOON, Saskatchewan -- Vic Lynn, the three-time Stanley Cup winner with the Toronto Maple Leafs who played for all of the NHL's Original Six teams, has died. He was 85.

Lynn died Monday in his hometown of Saskatoon.

A winger known for his exceptional speed, Lynn made his NHL debut in 1942 with the New York Rangers and had stints with the Detroit Red Wings and Montreal Canadiens before landing in Buffalo in the American Hockey League. It was there that Maple Leafs general manager Conn Smythe spotted Lynn and brought him up to Toronto in 1946.

Lynn joined Howie Meeker and Ted Kennedy to form "The K-L-M Line" with the Leafs, and the trio helped Toronto win Stanley Cup titles in 1947, '48 and '49.

Lynn was traded to the Bruins in 1950 and played briefly in Boston before heading to the minors with the Cleveland Barons of the AHL. He had one more stint in the NHL, in 1953 with the Chicago Blackhawks, where he played out the season before embarking on a long career as a coach with the Prince Albert Mintos and Saskatoon Quakers.

Lynn finished his NHL career with 49 goals, 76 assists and 274 penalty minutes in 327 regular-season games. He had seven goals and 10 assists in 47 playoff games.

Lynn's funeral is Friday in Saskatoon.


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