By Ian Shalapata
(WINDSOR, ON) – Windsor joins the mourning for the passing of NHL great Marcel Pronovost, at the age of 84.
Pronovost was born in Quebec in 1930 and was signed to a contract by the Detroit Red Wings while still in high school. He initially joined the Windsor Spitfires in 1947, and played 75 games over two seasons, scoring 20 goals and 61 points, and receiving 187 penalty minutes. He also made stops in the IHL and USHL before being called up to the Red Wings during the 1949-50 playoffs.
His career with Detroit spanned 15 years before he was dealt, as part of an eight-player trade, to the Toronto Maple Leafs. While with the Wings, Pronovost was twice named to both the 1st and 2nd All-Star teams, and a four-time Stanley Cup winner.
His last Cup win as a player was with the Leafs in 1967, and he retired from the NHL in 1970.
After retirement, Pronovost became the coach of the Buffalo Sabres from 1978-80 and was an assistant with the Red Wings from 1980 to 1982. He then turned to scouting, eventually working with the New Jersey Devils and earning three more Stanley Cups rings as a member of the Devils’ front office.
Pronovost was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1978.
He could often be seen at Windsor Arena and later at the WFCU Centre watching the Spitfires and gladly posing for photos and signing autographs.