Former Bruins defenseman Ted Green dies at 79

Patrick Dunne
NBC Sports Boston

Ted Green, who won the Stanley Cup as a defenseman with the Bruins in the early 1970s with Bobby Orr and was a multiple Cup winner as an assistant with the Wayne Gretzky-led Edmonton Oilers, has died. He was 79.

The Oilers announced Green's death on Saturday. The native of St. Boniface, Manitoba, nicknamed "Terrible Ted" for his physical style, began his Bruins career in 1960 and suffered a fractured skull and brain damage in 1969 in one of the NHL's ugliest brawls when he was hit in the head by a stick swung by the St. Louis Blues' Wayne Maki in a preseason game.

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Green missed all of the Bruins' 1969-70 Cup-winning season but was on the ice for the postgame celebration, had his name engraved on the Cup and was part of Boston's Cup winners in 1972 before jumping to the WHA's New England Whalers. 

He was part of five Cup winners an Edmonton assistant to Glen Sather in the '80s and an assistant with the Rangers from 2000-04. 

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