BARRIE, Ontario (AP) -Armand "Bep" Guidolin, who at 16 became the youngest player to skate in an NHL game and later coached Hall of Famer Bobby Orr, has died. He was 82.
He died Monday at a Barrie hospital, his family said.
Guidolin was 16 years, 11 months when he made his NHL debut with the Boston Bruins on Nov. 12, 1942. The Bruins needed help because of players serving in World War II.
He went on to play nine seasons in the NHL, recording 107 goals and 171 assists in 519 games with Boston, Detroit and Chicago.
After his playing career ended in 1961, Guidolin turned to coaching and was behind the Oshawa Generals' bench when Orr starred for the junior club. He then had NHL coaching stops in Boston, where he coached Orr again, and Colorado. Guidolin was also coach and general manager of the Edmonton Oilers in 1970s when they were still in the World Hockey Association.
Guidolin was born in Thorold. He and Eleanor, his wife of 62 years, had four children.