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Monday April 27th, 2015

Posted at 6:07pm

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The 1947-48 Windsor Spitfires. Photo courtesy Bobby Murray, OHL Alumni.

The Windsor Spitfires and the rest of the hockey community are mourning the loss of former Spitfires and Red Wings player, and hockey legend, Marcel Pronovost who died Sunday.

The Hockey Hall of Famer who won the Stanley Cup five times in various positions in the NHL, spent years in the border cities of Windsor and Detroit between the Spits and the Wings.

“Marcel Pronovost devoted his life to the pursuit of excellence in our sport,” said NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, on NHL.com. “We send condolences to Marcel’s family, his friends, the teams he served and the countless young players whose potential he recognized.”

The Detroit Red Wings signed a teenage Pronovost in the mid 1940s and placed him with the Spitfires until the 1950s.

Pronovost later coached the Spitfires between 1981 and 1983.

“Marcel was one of the nicest and most genuine people in the game,” said coach Bob Boughner on the Spitfires website. “He [was] a classy man that loved the game and that did a lot for people in the sport of hockey.”

Marcel Pronovost was 84.

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