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Longtime Devils scout Widdifield dies at 86

Friday, 09.02.2011 / 12:23 PM / News

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Longtime Devils scout Widdifield dies at 86
Longtime New Jersey Devils scout Les Widdifield passed away Monday at the age of 86 in his hometown of Saskatoon, Sask.
Longtime New Jersey Devils scout Les Widdifield passed away Monday at the age of 86 in his hometown of Saskatoon, Sask.

Widdifield, nicknamed "Doc", served as a Western Canadian scout for nearly 25 years with the organization.

"The entire New Jersey Devils organization is saddened by the loss of Les Widdifield," said Devils General Manager Lou Lamoriello. "Les was a caring, family man who devoted his life to his wife, children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. He was part of the Devils' family for a long time, and will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Twyla, and the entire Widdifield family."

A long-time friend of the late former Devils GM Max McNab, Widdifield joined the organization as a scout in 1986-87. He was a member of the franchise for all three Stanley Cup championships and he presented all three championship rings to his grandsons, Geoff, Gregg and Taylor. He also gave a Patrick Division Final ring to his granddaughter, Blaire.
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