stanley cup rings for sale is a sport where players are used to loss: loss of games, loss of sticks, even loss of teeth. Yet, these losses pale in comparison to the loss the Florida Panthers are presently feeling. Gaetan Duchesne, a former player, died on Monday, April 16th from an apparent heart attack while training inside a gym. According to reports, he collapsed and could not be resuscitated. He was only 44 years old.
Entering the world on July 11, 1962, Duchesne was - like so many hockey players - originally from Canada, born in Quebec City, Quebec.
His career in the NHL began in 1981 when he was drafted by the Washington Capitols in the eighth round as the 152nd overall pick. A six foot tall, 190 pound left winger, he was placed on the team directly out of training camp and played six seasons as a forward for the Capitols. In his rookie season, Duchesne scored 18 goals and had 19 assists. This earned him 37 points in 77 games. The best season in his career came during the 1986-1987 season where Duchesne made 17 goals with 35 assists, earning him 52 points.
At the end of the sixth season, he went home in a trade that landed him on the Quebec Nordiques. This trade also sent Alan Haworth and a first round draft pick to the Nordiques in return for Dale Hunter, and Clint Malarchuk. The first round draft pick turned out to be Joe Sakic, presently of the Colorado Avalanche.
During his stint in Quebec - a stint that lasted two seasons - Duchesne had 32 goals and 44 assists for a total of 76 points. He then ended up on the Minnesota North Stars and helped guide them to a 1991 Stanley Cup Finals appearance where the North Stars eventually lost to the Pittsburgh Penguins. This was the closest Duchesne ever got to Lord Stanley. He then went on to play for the San Jose Sharks who eventually dealt him to the Florida Panthers.