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Breaking: Edmonton Oilers legend player passed away on Thursday.

Tough day for the Oilers and the NHL community

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Tough day for the Oilers and the NHL community

It is a real tough day for the Oilers nation and the NHL community as one legend player passed away on Thursday.

Here is the official statement from the Edmonton Oilers

"It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Oilers legend Dave Semenko after a short, but courageous battle with cancer. Dave will be remembered as a fierce competitor, loyal teammate, fan favourite and dear friend to so many. His legendary toughness on the ice is surpassed only by his kindness and caring for others, and his equally legendary wit and sense of humour.

Our hearts go out to Dave's family and many friends.

Once an Oiler, Always an Oiler"

An acknowledged enforcer, he was Wayne Gretzky's bodyguard early in Gretzky's career in Edmonton,