Newark, NJ –
Marcel Pronovost, a Hall-of-Fame defenseman, five-time Stanley Cup Champion as a player, and 11-time All-Star who served the New Jersey Devils as an Ontario-based scout since 1990, passed away Sunday afternoon at the age of 84 in his hometown of Windsor, Ontario.
“The entire hockey world is saddened by the loss of Marcel Pronovost,” said Devils’ President/General Manager Lou Lamoriello. “Marcel was a caring individual who dedicated his life to his family and to the game of hockey. He was a long-time member of our Devils’ family, a lifetime friend to the hockey community, and will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Pronovost family.”
Marcel is survived by his second wife, Eva; son Leo and his wife Tina; son Michel and his wife Marie; daughter, Brigitte Stickley and her husband Wayne; along with his three grandchildren. He was pre-deceased by his first wife, Cindy, in 1993. Funeral arrangements are pending.
Pronovost joined the Devils in 1990, and was a member of the scouting staff during each of the organization’s three Stanley Cup Championships. He joined the club after five years with the NHL’s Central Scouting Bureau. Pronovost finished his 20-year career in 1969-70, including 15 seasons with Detroit and five with Toronto, appearing in 1,206 NHL regular-season games and 134 playoff games. He began his post-playing career as a player/coach with Tulsa in 1969-70, and was named CHL Coach of the Year in 1971-72. Pronovost also served as head coach with Chicago (WHA) in 1972-73, while serving two stints as head coach of Hull (QMJHL) between 1975-76 and 1979-80.
He led the Buffalo Sabres to a 52-29-23 mark (.611) between October 1977-December 1978. Pronovost also served as a Red Wings’ assistant coach for a part of 1979-80 through 1980-81. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1978. Marcel was born on June 15, 1930 in Lac-a-la-Tortue, Quebec.