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Neilson was head coach for eight NHL teams

Updated: June 24, 2003, 12:13 PM ET
Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Roger Neilson, a Hall of Famer who was the head coach of eight NHL teams and established one of the longest resumes in league history, died June 21. He was 69.

He had been battling skin and bone cancer. He died at his home in Peterborough, Ontario, the Ottawa Senators said.

Neilson's death was announced by NHL commissioner Gary Bettman 90 minutes into the NHL draft.

"We'll miss you, Roger,'' Bettman told the crowd, which stood for a moment ...

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