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Ray Cullen dies but his jingle and hockey past remembered

Before Ray Cullen became a local legend with a radio jingle that many Londoners can sing along to, the local business man was playing in the NHL. 

The car salesman played more than 300 games in the NHL

Ray Cullen was born in St. Catharines in 1941. The London businessman passed away Sunday, March 14 2021. (Ray Cullen)

Before Ray Cullen became a local legend with a radio jingle that many Londoners can sing along to, the local business man was playing in the NHL. 

It was a career that did not end with him becoming a golf pro, as the song goes, but saw him running a family car dealership that's an institution on Wharncliffe Road. 

Cullen's family says he passed away Sunday at the age of 80 in London, leaving behind four sons, grandchildren and his wife of 58 years. 

After playing in the minor hockey leagues, Cullen went on to play first for the New York Rangers in 1965, then the Detroit Red Wings, the Minnesota North Stars and finally the Vancouver Canucks in 1970. 

Taken when he played for the Minnesota North Stars. Ray Cullen was with that team for three seasons starting in 1967. (Ice Hockey Wiki Fandom)

The Cullen family says a celebration of life will be held in the summer.

Donations are being collected for the Children's Health Foundation. 

Two of Cullen's brothers, who survive him, also played for the NHL.

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