Former Nanaimo Clippers Forward Paul Cyr Dead at 48

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Sad news today as the Victoria Times-Colonist reports that former Nanaimo Clippers forward Paul Cyr has passed away at the age of 48.

Here’s the line on Paul Cyr’s stats:
Here’s the article from the Times-Colonist website:

Former Victoria Cougars WHL star Paul Cyr of Port Alberni, selected ninth overall in the 1982 NHL draft by the Buffalo Sabres, has died at the age of 48 of heart failure.

Cyr, a small but skilled forward who also played with a physical edge, skated on the Canadian team that won gold at the 1982 world junior championships in Minnesota. Also on that team was current Victoria Royals GM and coach Marc Habscheid and former Victoria Salmon Kings GM and coach Mark Morrison, the latter who also played on the Cougars with Cyr.

“We played on the 1982 world junior team together and Paul was a really good player,” said Habscheid.
“He was always happy, upbeat, and loved life.”

Cyr played six seasons for the Sabres from 1982-83 to 1987-88 and concluded his career with the New York Rangers and Hartford Whalers, scoring 101 goals and amassing 241 points in 470 NHL games.

Those numbers were perhaps lower than expected, considering Cyr’s huge early promise.

“Paul was such a talented player and so strong he should have been a star in the NHL,” said Jack Shupe, who coached Cyr in junior in Victoria.

Cyr came to the Cougars from the B.C. Hockey League’s Nanaimo Clippers and made an immediate impact with 36 goals on the WHL-champion Victoria team that played in the 1981 Memorial Cup. The following season he scored 52 goals and had 108 points in 58 games for the Cougars. Cyr wasn’t just a scorer, as his 167 penalty minutes that season attest.

He then had 21 goals and 43 points in 20 games for Victoria when the Sabres called him up permanently part-way through the 1982-83 WHL season.

“Paul Cyr was one of the best all-rounders the Cougars ever had. He could fight and stick handle. He could do it all,” said John Bate, who managed the old Memorial Arena during that Cougars era.

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