Former Edmonton Oilers head coach and Boston Bruins defenseman Ted Green passed away on Tuesday at the age of 79. He won the Stanley Cup six times — in 1972 with the Bruins and five times an as Oilers assistant coach.
A native of St. Boniface, Man., Green patrolled the Bruins' blue line for 10 seasons, finishing third in Norris Trophy voting in 1968-69 with 46 points (eight goals, 38 assists) in 65 games. He missed the entire following season after suffering a skull fracture during a pre-season stick-swinging incident with the St. Louis Blues' Wayne Maki. While he did not play on the Bruins' 1970 Stanley Cup-winning team, his name was still engraved onto the trophy.
Before shifting to the World Hockey Association in the 1972-73 season, Green compiled 254 points (48 goals and 206 assists) and 1,029 penalty minutes in 621 games. In seven WHA campaigns split between the New England Whalers and Winnipeg Jets, he netted 180 points (42 goals, 138 assists) and 304 PIM in 452 games. He was the first captain for the Whalers, wearing the "C" from 1972-75, and he also played on the 1976 and 1978 Winnipeg teams' that won the Avco Cup.
Upon the completion of his playing career in 1979, Green shifted to coaching. He served as an assistant under former Bruins teammate Glen Sather with the Edmonton Oilers, winning the Stanley Cup five times. In 1991, he was named the team's head coach, winning 65 games, losing 102 and tying two; he was fired 24 games into the 1993-94 season after the team only won three games (3-18-3). Green returned to the Oilers in 1997 for three seasons before joining the Rangers in 2000, where he served under Sather, Bryan Trottier and former Oilers assistant Ron Low.
With his passing, the hockey world took to Twitter to remember Green.
Longtime @NHL d-man & #Oilers coach Ted Green has passed away at the age of 79. Coach Green was part of all five Cup teams & will be dearly missed. Our sincerest condolences go out to his family.
The Rangers honoured him pre-game today & we'll be doing the same on Wednesday. pic.twitter.com/01sA9eNjqO
— Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) October 12, 2019
Our thoughts are with the family & friends of Ted Green upon hearing about his passing.
Ted was born in Eriksdale, MB, won a Memorial Cup with the Winnipeg Braves & finished his playing career in the WHA with the Jets. He’s a member of the Manitoba Hockey & Sports Hall of Fames. pic.twitter.com/jkm79d0vHO
— Winnipeg Jets (@NHLJets) October 12, 2019
We use the word "warrior" too many times in hockey...But not when it came to Ted Green. He was a true Warrior.
He passed away this week.
He played the game with such spirit and a competitive level rarely matched. He conducted himself off the ice with loyalty and honesty.
— John Shannon (@JShannonhl) October 12, 2019
Sad to hear the hockey world has lost #NHLBruins legend “Terrible” Ted Green.
One of the Big Bad Bruins of the late 60’s, early 70’s ended up heading to the WHA after the 1972 Stanley Cup but has always been revered amongst B’s faithful.
Wishing the best to his family & friends pic.twitter.com/jkzXTF1pwG
— Reed Duthie (@rcduthie) October 12, 2019
Ted Green had the best seat in hockey. He played years with Bobby Orr and played well for the Bruins himself. He coached Wayne Gretzky, in the monster years. Up close he witnessed the two greatest players of all time. RIP Teddy.
— steve simmons (@simmonssteve) October 12, 2019
I tread carefully around legendary “Terrible” Ted Green when I first covered the Oilers, until I discovered he was one of the nicest guys in the game. Sad to hear of his passing.
— Chris Cuthbert (@CCtsn) October 12, 2019