The Boston Bruins and their alumni mourn the passing of former player Pat Egan, who passed away on Tuesday, June 3 at the age of 90. His obituary, prepared by Keefe Funeral Home, follows:
Martin 'Pat' Egan
Mr. Pat Egan, 90, of Berkeley Heights, NJ, formerly of Arlington, MA, passed away in his home on Tuesday, June 3, 2008.
Mr. Egan, whose formal name is Martin, was born in Blackie, Alberta, Canada and lived in Arlington, MA for 60 years before moving to Berkeley Heights, NJ 6 years ago.
Mr. Egan served in the Canadian Army for one year in 1942.
He was a retired professional hockey player and coach and was known as "the National Hockey League's Skating Boxcar". Over the course of his 20-year career he had a total of 554 games played, 77 goals, 153 assists, 230 points, and 776 minutes in the penalties. Most notably he had played with the Boston Bruins and with the New York Rangers, with whom he made it to double overtime in game seven of the Stanley Cup finals before losing to Detroit in 1950. His last NHL season was with the NY Rangers in 1951, but he went on to play eight more years with several teams in the AHL. Mr. Egan was credited by hockey historians as inventing the modern day slap shot. He was elected into both the NHL and the AHL Halls of Fame and played in two NHL All-Star games. Mr. Egan was also an accomplished coach, leading the Springfield Indians, the Boston Bruins minor league team, to three Calder Cup championships in 1961, 62, and 63.
After his hockey career Mr. Egan worked in Operations at Northeastern University in Boston for 22 years.
In addition to an illustrious hockey career, Mr. Egan was an accomplished golfer. He was a member of the Ashbrook Men's Golf Association in New Jersey and shot five hole-in-ones. He was also a member of the Berkeley Heights Senior Citizens Club.
Mr. Egan is the husband of the late Sally Briers Egan. He is the loving father of Brian Egan and his wife, Cathy Brooks, of Berkeley Heights, NJ, formerly of Arlington, MA, and the late Patrick Egan, Jr. Also, Pat Egan is the devoted grandfather of Caitlin Egan Roos, and Michael, Courtney, Andrew, and Amanda Egan.
The visitation will be held in Keefe Funeral Home, 5 Chestnut St., Arlington, MA, on Thursday, June 5th, from 4 to 8 PM. The Funeral Mass will be held in St. Agnes Church, 24 Medford St., Arlington, MA on Friday, June 6th, at 10 AM. Services will conclude with burial in St. Joseph's Cemetery, West Roxbury, MA. In lieu of flowers please make donations in his memory to Atlantic Hospice, 33 Bleeker St., Millburn, NJ 07041. For more information or to send condolences please visit www.keefefuneralhome.com