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Former Hab Dave Balon passes on

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens

Dave Balon won back-to-back Stanley Cups with the Canadiens in the 1960s.

MONTREAL - Former Canadiens winger Dave Balon passed away on Tuesday at the age of 68.

Balon spent four seasons with the Canadiens from 1963 through 1967, amassing 56 goals and 112 points in 226 games. Balon won back-to-back Stanley Cups with the Habs in 1965 and 1966, assisting on Henri Richard's Cup-clinching goal against the Red Wings in overtime of Game 6 in Detroit in 1966.

The native of Wakaw, SK, came to Montreal along with Lorne "Gump" Worsley from the Rangers in a blockbuster trade that saw legendary goalie Jacques Plante head to New York prior to the 1963-64 season.

Balon enjoyed a 14-year NHL career that also included stops in New York, Minnesota and Vancouver.

He is survived by his wife Gwen, daughter Jodi and son Jeff.  The entire Canadiens organization extends its sympathies to the Balon family.

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