Former NHL Defenceman Passes Away at 65

Published January 14, 2024 at 8:03
Sad news today from the hockey world as the announcing of the passing of former NHL defenceman Glen Cochrane. Cochrane has passed away at the age of 65, following a battle with cancer.

Cochrane was drafted by the Philadelphia Flyers in the 3rd round of the 1978 Draft. He would spend over ten seasons in the NHL with the Flyers, Vancouver Canucks, Chicago Blackhawks and Edmonton Oilers. Cochrane played 411 games scoring 17 goals, 89 points and amassing a whopping 1,556 points.

Cochrane's game was all about being tough and courageous, perfect for the city of Philadelphia. It was one of the many reasons he was so beloved everywhere he played. Cochrane was the most fierce player on the early 80s version of the Flyers that featured some very tough players like Ken Linseman, Bobby Clarke, Paul Holmgren and Tim Kerr.

The Flyers organization released a statement following Cochrane's passing.

«The Philadelphia Flyers are saddened to learn of the passing of Glen Cochrane,» the Flyers said in a statement. «Glen was drafted by the Flyers (No. 50 in 1978) and played over half of his NHL games, which included six seasons, in orange and black. A formidable and tough defenseman for the Flyers in the early 1980s, Cochrane was a key part of the Flyers blue line and ranks 10th all-time in team history in penalty minutes. He also helped the Flyers' American Hockey League affiliate, the Maine Mariners, win the Calder Cup championship in 1979. He will forever be a member of the Flyers family. Our condolences go out to his wife, Joan, daughters, Tegan and Shelby, and entire family during this difficult time.»

Everyone at BladeofSteel sends their condolences to Glen Cochrane's family and friends during this sad time.
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