Former NHL defenseman Glen Cochrane has died.
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Former NHL defenseman Glen Cochrane has died.

Former NHL defenseman Glen Cochrane has passed away, taken far too soon.

Jonathan Larivee

Another beloved former National Hockey League player has been taken from us far too soon.

On Saturday, the Philadelphia Flyers confirmed that former Flyers tough guy Glen Cochrane had passed away at the young age of just 65 years old. 

Although Cochrane's tenure in the National Hockey League was relatively short, he appeared in 411 regular season games split between the Flyers, Vancouver Canucks, Chicago Blackhawks and Edmonton Oilers throughout his career, he made a major impact in the hearts and minds of many fans, especially those in Philadelphia.

Although he spent just 6 seasons with the Flyers, Cochrane would average nearly 5 penalty minutes a game which would propel him to 10th on the all time Flyers penalty minutes list, a pretty impressive feat.

The Flyers released an official statement on Saturday following the news of Cochrane's passing:

The Philadelphia Flyers are saddened to learn of the passing of Glen Cochrane.

Glen was drafted by the Flyers and played over half of his NHL games, which included six seasons, in Orange & 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.

I would also like to extend my condolences to the Cochrane family, and all of those who loved cheering for Glen during his fiery NHL career.