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Keith Magnuson (April 27, 1947 - December 15, 2003) was a professional ice hockey defenceman from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan who played in the National Hockey League (NHL) between 1969 and 1979. Magnuson was killed in an auto accident in Vaughan, Ontario with fellow NHL alumnus Rob Ramage behind the wheel (Ramage survived the accident, but was later found guilty of vehicular manslaughter).

Magnuson played 589 career NHL games, all with the Chicago Blackhawks, wearing # 3, and scoring 14 goals and 125 assists for 139 points. Although he didn't score many goals, he was a part of a solid defensive team with the Blackhawks. Perhaps his most telling statistic is his 1,442 career penalty minutes, which included a large number of fighting majors. For a few seasons, Magnuson was captain of the Chicago Blackhawks team. He never played for a Stanley Cup winner, losing in the finals twice in 1971 and 1973 both to the Montreal Canadiens. Prior to his NHL career, Magnuson was a two time All-American at the University of Denver, who led his team to two consecutive NCAA titles in 1968 and 1969.

On November 12, 2008, the Chicago Blackhawks retired Magnuson's number 3, along with that of Hall of Fame defenseman Pierre Pilote, before a game against the Boston Bruins.

Preceded by
Stan Mikita
Chicago Blackhawks captains
1976-79
Succeeded by
Terry Ruskowski

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Born April 27, 1947 (1947-04-27) (age 63),
Saskatoon, SK, CAN
Died December 15, 2003 (aged 56),
Vaughan, ON, CAN
Height
Weight
6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)
Position Defence
Shot Right
Pro clubs Chicago Black Hawks
Playing career 1965 – 1980

Keith Magnuson (April 27, 1947 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan  – December 15, 2003 in Vaughan, Ontario) was a Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman who was the captain of the Chicago Blackhawks from 1976 to 1979. He died in a car accident and the driver of the car, fellow NHL alumni Rob Ramage survived and was charged with vehicular manslaughter.

His jersey number is retired by the Chicago Blackhawks.


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