Former Eighth Overall Pick Has Passed Away

Published March 20, 2023 at 1:15 PM
BY AARON

The NHL Alumni Association announced the devastating news today that former eighth overall pick Dave Gardner has passed away.

Gardner Passes Away



Dave Gardner played 350 games in the NHL, after being drafted in 1972.

He was an active member of the hockey community until his passing.


The Alumni Association released this statement:

The NHL Alumni Association is deeply saddened to learn that Dave Gardner has passed away at the age of 70.

Dave was drafted to the @NHL in 1972 to the @CanadiensMTL, 8th overall. He played 350 games in the league for numerous teams, scoring 190 points.

Hockey has run through the Gardner family as Dave's father, Cal, played in the League, as well as his brother, Paul. His son also played the game over seas.

Dave's kindness never went unnoticed, and for those of us who were lucky enough to know him, will continue to be inspired by him each and every day.

We send our deepest condolences to Dave's family, friends, and former teammates during this difficult time.


Rest in peace, Dave.
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