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Longtime NHL scout Jack Gardiner dies of cancer at age 69

Monday, 01.13.2014 / 5:25 PM / News

The Canadian Press

SAN JOSE, Calif. - Longtime NHL scout Jack Gardiner has died following a long battle with cancer. He was 69.

The San Jose Sharks say Gardiner died on Sunday. He had worked for the Sharks since 2004, focusing primarily on the eastern United States.

Gardiner worked for the St. Louis Blues and Toronto Maple Leafs in a nearly 35-year career as a professional hockey scout. Gardiner also worked for the NHL in the Central Scouting Bureau, where he ranked and rated all amateur players for the NHL draft.

Sharks general manager Doug Wilson says Gardiner had a true love for the game of hockey.

I've been getting frustrated lately, and the only thing keeping me sane was the team winning and other people stepping up and scoring. Then you just kind of let it go and realize you can end the series with one shot, that frustration goes away for a brief moment, and that's what happened.

— Montreal forward Max Pacioretty after scoring the series-winner in Game 4 -- his first career playoff goal -- to eliminate the Lightning and send the Canadiens into the second round