‘We’ve been really blessed’ – NHL Hall of Famer Bob Gainey – NHL.com
Posted On July 9, 2021
The NHL Hall Of Famer and three-time Stanley Cup champion Bob Gainy, who played the game from 1953-55, has died at the age of 92.
He was born on Dec. 12, 1943 in Washington, D.C. His father, Joe Gainy was a member of the Washington Senators, the team that drafted Gainy in the second round (17th overall) of the NHL Draft in 1951.
He played for the Senators from 1952-57.
“My father was a tremendous hockey player, a great leader and always willing to share his knowledge,” Gainy said in a statement.
“I grew up in a family that was dedicated to the game of hockey, and my father made sure my brothers and I had access to all the greats of the game.
We have always had an appreciation for the great guys and great players that have come before us.”
He was also a strong supporter of the National Hockey League.
“We’ve all seen the amazing things that have happened in hockey over the last half-century, but it is a game that I’ve always felt an obligation to support and keep alive,” Gainey said in his statement.
He played for six teams, including the Montreal Canadiens and Toronto Maple Leafs, during his career.
The most recent team to be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame was the Minnesota Wild, who won the Stanley Cup in 2016.
The Hall of Famers who were inducted in 2017 included the Chicago Blackhawks, Philadelphia Flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins, New York Rangers and Washington Capitals.