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Young NHL star killed in action off Port aux Basques 72 years ago

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Dudley "Red" Garrett was a promising defenceman with the NHL’s New York Rangers when his short life came to an end off the coast of Newfoundland during the Second World War 72 years ago today.

Dudley, who was originally property of the Toronto Maple Leafs, played 23 games for the Rangers in the 1942-43 season.

The Toronto native was killed in action off Port aux Basques in the Battle of St. Lawrence on Nov. 24, 1944, while serving on the HMCS Shawinigan.

He was just 20 years old.

The American Hockey League’s Dudley "Red" Garrett Memorial Award for rookie of the year is named in his honour.

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