MONTREAL - The Canadiens organization was saddened to learn that former team executive Frank Selke Jr. passed away yesterday. Selke, 83, worked in various roles at the Montreal Forum before being named vice president of marketing and promotions. Selke was the son of former Canadiens general manager Frank J. Selke who led the Canadiens from 1946 to 1964, earning six Stanley Cup championships.
Born in Toronto, Frank Selke Jr. worked in radio and television in Montreal and became the TV host of Hockey Night in Canada. When the NHL expanded in 1967, Selke joined the Oakland Seals as President before taking on the dual duties of general manager the following year. He was involved with Special Olympics Ontario for over four decades working tirelessly as its most dedicated ambassador. He would also chair the Board of Directors of this organization for 11 years.
Frank Selke Jr. is a member of the Ontario Special Olympics Hall of Fame and was presented with the Canada Volunteer Award in 1991 and the Canada 125 Award in 1992.
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