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Former 'Hawks Defenseman Dies


Elmer "Moose" Vasko, member of the Chicago Blackhawks' last Stanley Cup championship team, has died. He was 62.

Vasko died of cancer on Friday at Loyola University Medical Center.

Standing at 6-foot-3, 220 pounds, Vasko was one of the largest men in the National Hockey League -- hence his nickname "Moose," which was chanted by the Chicago Stadium crowd whenever he took to the ice.

The defenseman was with the Blackhawks from 1956 to 1966. The team won the Stanley Cup in 1962, beating the Detroit Red Wings four games to two.

Vasko played in 641 games, scoring 32 goals with 153 assists.

Funeral services are scheduled for Friday at St. Domitilla Catholic Church in the Chicago suburb of Hillside.

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