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Former NHLer Huber dies suddenly

Rugged defenceman Willie Huber, who won a Memorial Cup and spent a decade in the NHL, died suddenly on Monday, according to a report in the Hamilton Spectator.

Rugged defenceman Willie Huber, who won a Memorial Cup and spent a decade in the NHL, died suddenly on Monday, according to a report in the Hamilton Spectator.

Huber, 52, of Hamilton, died of a suspected heart attack.

The six-foot-five-inch Huber was known for his jarring hits and booming slapshots from the point. He was part of the 1976 Hamilton Fincups squad that won the Memorial Cup, a group that included other future NHLers such as Dale McCourt, Ric Seiling, Al Secord and Al Jensen.

Huber was selected ninth overall by Detroit in the 1978 NHL draft and spent five seasons with the Red Wings. Beginning with his sophomore campaign, he averaged 15 goals and 29 assists over the next four seasons.

Huber, who was born in Germany, finally got a taste of playoff hockey in his next stop, with five points in 16 postseason games with the New York Rangers in 1986.

He also suited up for Vancouver and Philadelphia before ending his NHL career two years later, with 104 goals and 217 assists in 655 games.

Huber leaves a wife and two teenaged children, according to the Spectator.