Ex-Oilers tough guy Dave Semenko dies of cancer at 59

Former Oilers tough guy Dave Semenko, right, has died from cancer at age 59. The Winnipeg native is best known for his role as bodyguard for the NHL’s all-time leading scorer, Wayne Gretzky, left. (John Woods/Canadian Press/File)

By Doug Harrison, SBC Sports, June 29, 2017 

Winnipeg native one of the more feared fighters in NHL history

Former Oilers enforcer Dave Semenko, best known as Wayne Gretzky’s bodyguard on the ice, died of cancer Thursday morning in Edmonton. He was 59.

The Winnipeg native had it all in the early 1980s, playing on the left side of the Oilers’ top line with stars Jari Kurri and Gretzky and winning two Stanley Cups.

“It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Oilers legend Dave Semenko after a short, but courageous battle with cancer.

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