Former Canadiens forward Bill Hicke dead from cancer

Former Montreal Canadiens forward and Regina hockey legend Bill Hicke has died.

The 67-year-old Hicke, a former co-owner of the Regina Pats, passed away in Regina Monday after a lengthy battle with cancer.

Friends said he would be remembered for his personality and charm as well as for his accomplishments on the ice.

"He was such a charismatic guy," said former CBC sportscaster Mal Isaac. "He always had a smile on his face."

Hicke, a right-winger, played with the Pats in the 1950s before embarking on a 14-year professional career. He played with the Canadiens when the team won three Stanley Cups.

He also played with the New York Rangers, the Oakland Seals and the Pittsburgh Penguins.

He would later go on to be a part-owner, coach and general manager of the Western Hockey League's Pats.

"Bill Hicke will be remembered as one of the greatest Pats of all time," current Pats general manager Brent Parker said in a news release.

"He was a player, a coach, a general manager and an owner but most of all he was a first-class person who touched everyone around him."

Hicke was inducted into the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame and Museum in 1995.

"He was a gentleman ... a lot of fun to be around," Isaac said.

courtesy CBC Saskatchewan