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Ex-Caps goalie Stephenson dead at 65

Thursday, 08.05.2010 / 9:35 AM / News
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Ex-Caps goalie Stephenson dead at 65
Former Washington Capitals goaltender Wayne Stephenson passed away on June 22, 2010 in Madison, Wisc. He was 65.
Former Caps goaltender Wayne Stephenson passed away on June 22, 2010 in Madison, Wisc. He was 65.

A 5-foot-9, 175-pound native of Fort William, Ontario, Stephenson represented Canada in the 1968 Olympic Games and was a member of the Canadian National Team for several seasons. He was signed by St. Louis as an amateur in January, 1972. After a brief (21 games) minor league apprenticeship with the Kansas City Blues of the old Central Hockey League, Stephenson broke into the NHL at the age of 27 in 1971-72, getting into two contests with the St. Louis Blues. He notched his first NHL win with St. Louis the following season, posting an 18-15-7 mark in the process.

Dealt to the Philadelphia Flyers just prior to the start of the 1974-75 season, Stephenson played on the Stanley Cup champion Flyers club that season, posting a 7-2-1 record as the understudy to Hockey Hall of Famer Bernie Parent.

Stephenson enjoyed his best season in the NHL in 1975-76. With Parent out of action because of an injury, Stephenson fashioned a 40-10-13 record to go along with a 2.58 GAA. He was second in the league in wins and fourth in GAA that season.

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