June 22, 2003 by

Roger Neilson

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neilson.jpgRoger Neilson, the innovative coach of eight National Hockey League teams, died on Saturday in Ontario. Cause of death was cancer. He was 69.
Neilson coached the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Buffalo Sabres, the Vancouver Canucks, the Los Angeles Kings, the New York Rangers, the Florida Panthers, the Philadelphia Flyers and the Ottawa Senators.
Last year, Ottawa made him the head coach for the last two games of the season so Neilson could become the ninth person in N.H.L. history to coach 1,000 games. In November, he was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame.

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