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Former NHL player, coach Murray Oliver dies at 77

11/25/2014 10:48 EST | Updated 01/25/2015 05:59 EST
MINNEAPOLIS - Murray Oliver, a five-time All-Star who briefly coached the Minnesota North Stars, has died from a heart attack. He was 77.

Oliver, who died on Sunday, played for the Detroit Red Wings, Boston Bruins, Toronto Maple Leafs and North Stars in a career that started in 1957 and ended in 1975. He scored 274 goals in 1,127 NHL games. He finished second in rookie of the year voting in 1960 after scoring 20 goals for the Red Wings.

He went on to become an assistant coach with the North Stars from 1978-86. Oliver was elevated to head coach for 36 games during the 1982-83 season when coach Glen Sonmor stepped down.

The Hamilton, Ontario native lived in the Minneapolis suburb of Edina after retirement.

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