Former Canadien, broadcaster Tremblay dies

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Montreal, QC ( - Former Montreal Canadiens forward and Hall of Fame broadcaster Gilles Tremblay died on Wednesday at the age of 75.

"My sincere condolences to the Tremblay family. Gilles was a pioneer and an ambassador for the Canadiens and the game of hockey," said Habs president Geoff Molson.

Tremblay recorded 168 goals and 330 points over 509 contests, all for the Habs from 1960-69, and was a member of four Stanley Cup-winning teams before he was forced to retire due to asthma.

"The National Hockey League mourns the passing of Gilles Tremblay, whose career as a player and broadcaster bridged four glorious decades of Montreal Canadiens hockey," said NHL commissioner Gary Bettman in a statement.

The native of Quebec then distinguished himself as a color commentator over 27 years for Le Soiree du hockey, the French-language equivalent to Hockey Night in Canada, and received the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award in 2002.