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Former AHL standout Maki passes away

(CP) – Longtime Chicago Blackhawks forward and former American Hockey League rookie of the year Ron "Chico" Maki has died at the age of 76.

A notice on the Blackhawks’ website says Maki died at his home on Monday in Port Dover, Ont.

Maki won the Dudley (Red) Garrett Memorial Award as the AHL’s outstanding rookie in 1960-61, when he collected 30 goals and 42 assists for 72 points in 69 games with the Buffalo Bisons.

He spent most of the following season in Buffalo as well, recording 49 points in 51 games and helping the Bisons reach the Calder Cup Finals.

The right winger went on to spend 15 seasons with the Blackhawks and won a Stanley Cup with the club in 1961. The native of Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., also played in three NHL All-Star Games.

Maki collected 143 goals and 292 assists in 841 regular-season NHL games and added 17 goals and 53 points in 113 playoff games.