All star and Stanley cup winner Eric Nesterenko dies at 88

Hockey all-star and Stanley cup winner with the Chicago Blackhawks Eric Nesterenko died Monday at the age of 88, the team announced on social media Monday. 

“We are saddened by the passing of former forward Eric Nesterenko at the age of 88,” the team tweeted. “Nesterenko was a key member of the 1961 Stanley Cup championship team and played 16 years with the Blackhawks. We extend our condolences to his entire family.”

Nesterenko, who is Canadian, played in the NHL for 21 years total, starting out with the Toronto Maple Leafs before being traded to the Blackhawks in 1956.

Career highlights

In 1961 when the Hawks won the cup, he had 19 goals and 19 assists in 68 regular-season games along with two goals and three assists in 11 playoff games.

He also played for the Hawks when they reached the Cup Finals in 1962, 1965, and 1971. He ranks seventh in total games played for the Hawks.

He was an NHL all-star in 1961 and 1965. He was nicknamed “Elbows” for his penalty-killing play.

About a decade after retiring from hockey, Nesterenko had a role as the father of a hockey player in the 1986 film Youngblood.

Nesterenko also returned to Chicago several times for Blackhawks alumni events.

One of the greats

The Blackhawks wouldn’t win the Stanley Cup again until 2010.

Nesterenko is one of only two Hawks players to be part of the 1000-game and 1000-penalty club.

Stan Mikita is the other Hawk to achieve this.

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