A week after being honoured by his former hockey team, Bruce Gordon has died.
The 54-year-old was battling terminal stage four pancreatic cancer.
“We are extremely saddened to learn we have lost a member of our family today. Rest in peace, Bruce,” the Saskatoon Blades tweeted Friday.
The former Saskatoon Blades captain was honoured at last week’s home opener at SaskTel Centre. The Blades also unveiled a special banner and stickers on players helmets that read “Be like Bruce” which will be on display for the entire 2017-18 season.
Gordon went on to become a 28-year veteran of the Saskatoon police force before leaving to become a lawyer.
But before he could be called to the bar, Gordon was diagnosed with terminal stage four pancreatic cancer. A special ceremony was held just for him in June.
Gordon was a hard-nosed winger that racked up 818 penalty minutes over a three-year WHL career split between Saskatoon and Medicine Hat. He also scored 22 goals and 87 points in 183 games.