This morning you probably woke up to the shocking and heart breaking news that Oilers legend Dave Semenko has passed away, after a courageous battle with Cancer, at age 59. Throughout the day tributes have been pouring in on social media from fans and teammates. Here’s what Mark Messier had to say
“The news of Dave passing this morning literally took my breath away. I loved Semenk like we all did. He was a great teammate, a loyal friend, a loving father, and a worthy champion. Rest in peace my friend.”
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Wayne Gretzky had this to say about losing such a good friend
“One of the first Oilers I met in 1978, I didn’t know at the time the impact he would have in my life and my career. He was the toughest player I knew and yet the biggest Teddy Bear you would ever know. A beloved Oiler that will be missed dearly because of his kind heart and funny sense of humour. He made us all better people. RIP # 27, thanks for your friendship”
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Here’s what some of his other teammates and people who have played in/been involved with the Oilers and NHL have said today.
It's a sad day for hockey and Edmonton. Dave was the truest example of a protector and teammate. A great man who will be missed. RIP #27— Ryan Smyth (@RealSmytty94) June 29, 2017
Played against Dave Semenko in Jr in WHA and in NHL. He was on of best tough guys hockey ever produced. Very sorry to hear of his passing— Barry Melrose (@NHLBarryMelrose) June 29, 2017
The tributes will continue to come in from current/former players. Fans are sending out condolences and sharing personal stories of how Semenko touched their lives.
Here’s the official statement from the Oilers Entertainment Group
“It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Oilers legend Dave Semenko after a short, but courageous battle with cancer. Dave will be remembered as a fierce competitor, loyal teammate, fan favourite and dear friend to so many. His legendary toughness on the ice is surpassed only by his kindness and caring for others, and his equally legendary wit and sense of humour.
Our hearts go out to Dave’s family and many friends.
Once an Oiler, Always an Oiler”