The Dallas Stars learned last night that the franchise's first general manager and head coach, Wren Blair, passed away at the age of 87.

Blair coached the Minnesota North Stars in two stints from 1967-1970 and was the team's general manager until 1974. He was instrumental in building the Stars in those early years, and put together a team that included franchise legends like Cesare Maniago, Bill Goldsworthy, Bill Masterton, Lou Nanne, J.P. Parise, and Gump Worsley.

We are sad to learn of his passing, and extend our deepest sympathies to his family.
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