Senators assistant Mark Reeds passes away at 55

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The Ottawa Senators will enter the playoffs with heavy hearts, as word surfaced on Tuesday that assistant coach Mike Reeds died at the age of 55. Bayshore Broadcasting first reported the sad news that his battle with cancer has ended.

The news has been confirmed by the team.

Reeds had been fighting the disease for years before he was diagnosed with inoperable cancer recently. Bayshore Broadcasting’s report indicates that he was also dealing with pneumonia symptoms when he passed away on Tuesday morning.

Silver Seven Sens notes that he’s survived by his wife Mary and two children.

Reeds played 365 regular season games and 53 postseason contests at the NHL level, spending most of his career with the St. Louis Blues (who drafted him 86th overall in 1979). He also spent parts of two seasons with the Hartford Whalers.

He began his coaching career as an assistant coach with the Peoria Rivermen. Reeds won championships with the Kalamazoo Wings in the AHL and the Owen Sound Attack in the OHL before becoming a Senators assistant beginning in 2011-12.

The hockey world is already outpouring its support for the veteran coach, as you can see below.