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.
The Winnipeg native, who played junior hockey with the Brandon Wheat Kings, started playing professional hockey with the World Hockey Association Oilers in 1977 and was on the team when it joined the National Hockey League two years later.
The 6'3, 215-pound left-winger played 10 seasons with the Oilers organization, winning three Stanley Cups. Semenko, one of the most-feared NHL enforcers of his time, played 575 NHL games with the Oilers, the Hartford Whalers and the Toronto Maple Leafs, scoring 65 goals and 88 assists for 153 points to go with 1,153 penalty minutes.
Our hearts go out to Dave's family and many friends.
Once an Oiler, Always an Oiler
(Edmonton Oilers Hockey Club)