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Ex-Caps goalie Stephenson dead at 65

Thursday, 08.05.2010 / 9:35 AM / News
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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