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Former hockey star dies

Stanfield played with Spokane Flyers

A remembrance of Jim Stanfield, whose 10-year professional hockey career ended with three seasons with the Spokane Flyers in the 1970s, will be held Saturday at Heritage Funeral Chapel at 1 p.m. with a reception to follow at the Eagles Lodge in north Spokane.

Stanfield, 62, died last Thursday.

Stanfield played for the Flyers of the Western International Hockey League from 1974-1977. The team won three Savage Cups as champions of Senior AAA hockey for British Columbia. The 1975-76 season also included winning the Allan Cup, the Canadian senior championship.

In the 1974-75 Savage Cup, Stanfield, playing with a broken big toe, scored a hat trick in Spokane’s 7-1 Savage Cup-clinching win over Cranbrook.

Stanfield, one of seven hockey-playing brothers, was born in Toronto. He was drafted by the National Hockey League’s Chicago Blackhawks in 1967. He played seven games in the NHL over three seasons for the Los Angeles Kings.

After ending his hockey career in 1977, he stayed in Spokane and worked 25 years for B&B Distributors.

 

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