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Former Goaltending Coach Strelow Passes Away

by Staff Writer / New Jersey Devils – Legendary goaltending coach Warren Strelow passed away early this morning. He was 73.

Strelow had served as Devils' goaltending coach from 1990-93, and had worked extensively with the U.S. Olympic hockey program.

Strelow was the goaltending coach of the U.S. Olympic Men's Ice Hockey Team during its "Miracle On Ice" gold medal victory at the 1980 Lake Placid Winter Olympics, and later served in the same role with the silver medal-winning 2002 U.S. Men's team at Salt Lake City.

"I am deeply saddened by the loss earlier today of Warren Strelow," Devils' CEO/president/general manager Lou Lamoriello said. "He was a well-respected individual and well-respected member of the hockey community. I knew Warren for many years, and was fortunate to have had him as part of the Devils' family for three seasons.Our thoughts and prayers are with the Strelow family."

Although a kidney transplant operation and a series of other health issues had forced Strelow to recover at his Minnesota home for the past three seasons, this year his health had improved as he continued his work on-and-off the ice in his 10th season as the goaltending coach for the San Jose Sharks.

with wire services


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