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Dave Creighton (1930-2017)

Dave Creighton, a prolific AHL scorer during the 1950s and 1960s, passed away on Friday.

He was 87.

Creighton played 21 professional seasons between 1948 and 1969, becoming one of only four players in hockey history to skate in at least 600 games in both the American Hockey League and the National Hockey League.

Creighton is tied for 24th all-time in AHL scoring, with 692 points (258 goals, 434 assists) in 800 contests over parts of 14 seasons with the Hershey Bears, Rochester Americans, Buffalo Bisons, Baltimore Clippers and Providence Reds. He also served four seasons as head coach of the Reds — including three as player/coach — and won the Les Cunningham Award as the AHL’s most valuable player in 1967-68.

Creighton appeared in 615 NHL games with Boston, Toronto, Chicago and the N.Y. Rangers.