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NHL management icon Sam Pollock dies at 81

Nine-time Stanley Cup winner and former general manager of the Montreal Canadiens Sam Pollock died Wednesday in Toronto. He was 81. Pollock spent 14 years as the Canadiens GM, beginning in 1964.

During his National Hockey League tenure, Pollock managed to pluck the first overall draft pick away from the Oakland Seals in 1971 in order to draft Hall of Famer Guy Lafleur and obtain goaltender Ken Dryden from the Boston Bruins for a pair of unspectacular prospects. He also acquired Frank Mahovlich and drafted Bob Gainey in addition to luring legendary coach Scotty Bowman away from the St. Louis Blues in 1971.

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