It has been a difficult week for hockey legends. On Friday, Hall of Fame Islanders coach Al Arbour died at the age of 82.
Now comes word that former Montreal Canadiens captain Henri Richard is battling Alzheimer’s disease. Richard won 11 Stanley Cups as a player with Montreal, an NHL record that will likely never be broken.
According to the online translation from Le Journal de Quebec, Richard’s condition has “worsened lately.”
According to the Mayo Clinic's website, "Alzheimer's disease is a progressive disease that destroys memory and other important mental functions."
There is no known cure.
Richard, brother of Canadiens great Maurice Richard, played 1,256 games for Montreal and notched 1,046 points. In 2005, Henri, 79, was named No. 5 of top-10 all-time Canadiens by the Montreal Gazette.
The report comes from coverage of the Hector "Toe" Blake Alzheimer Celebrity Golf Tournament, named after the Canadiens coach who won eight Stanley Cups with the Habs.
Blackhawks Hall of Famer Stan Mikita was diagnosed with Lewy Body dementia recently.
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