The San Jose Sharks are saddened by another passing. Ex-San Jose Shark Gaetan Duchesne has passed away at the age of 44.
“We are extremely shocked and saddened by this news,” said Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson. “Gaetan, in every way, epitomized what a team player should be – unselfish, caring and supportive of his teammates. His love for the game was unmeasured and despite his relatively short career in San Jose, his connection with our fans was amongst the strongest of any player to ever wear our uniform.
“He was a remarkable man that will be deeply missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family in this difficult time.”
In 117 games with San Jose, Duchesne posted 39 points (14 goals, 25 assists) and 44 penalty minutes.
He was a key contributor to the 1994 San Jose Sharks team that, as the #8 seed, defeated the #1 seeded Detroit Red Wings in seven games in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. He scored five points (one goal, four assists) in 12 post-season games with the Sharks.
The Sharks organization plans to honor Duchesne with a moment of silence prior to Wednesday’s game in San Jose.