Former Montreal Canadiens forward Bob Fillion died at age 95 on Wednesday, the team announced.
It’s been a tough year for the organization, as Elmer Lach and John Mahaffy also passed away earlier in 2015.
At 95, Fillion had been the oldest Canadien. Habs PR ambassador Rejean Houle told the Canadian Press that Gerry Plamondon, 91, is now the oldest surviving member of the franchise.
Houle described Fillion (pictured to Guy Lafleur’s right in this main photo) as a “real Canadiens fan” after his career.
“He had the problems of old age; I guess you could say he died of natural causes,” said Houle. “He was a real Montreal Canadiens fan.
“He always came to the building and took notes. He followed the team very closely.”
Fillion won two Stanley Cups with the Canadiens: one in 1944 and one in 1946. He generated 103 points in 327 regular season games and 11 points in 33 playoff contests.
Greatest Hockey Legends provided some interesting insight about his career and hobbies:
He may not have been a Picasso on the ice but Fillion was very much interested in artists of a different sort. He often visited artist studios while on road trips and took up painting himself! It may have been a bigger passion for him than hockey!
Bob, the brother of Marcel Fillion who played 1 game in the NHL, worked in public relations for years after retiring from hockey.