Hall of Fame Canadiens defenceman Ken Reardon dies at age 86

MONTREAL – Former Montreal Canadiens defenceman Ken Reardon has died following a lengthy illness, the team announced Saturday. He was 86.

Noted for his rugged play, Reardon was a two-time NHL first all-star during his seven-year career, which included a pair of Stanley Cup championships. He also earned three second-team all-star nods.

Reardon, whose career was temporarily halted after he joined the Canadian Army in 1942, retired from the league in 1950 and remained with the franchise as a scout, manager and vice-president during the Canadiens’ run of Stanley Cup titles from 1956-60.

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Reardon, who was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1966, finished with 26 goals and 96 assists in 341 career games.