|Ex-Red Wings coach Skinner dies at 90|
|Written by Admin|
|Wednesday, 11 July 2007 15:06|
The team and family did not announce the cause of death, but Skinner had been in declining health, said Eddi Chittaro, chairman of the Windsor/Essex Sports Hall of Fame in Windsor, Ontario.
The group inducted Skinner in 2006, and he spoke briefly at the awards ceremony.
``He coached with the likes of Gordie Howe and all the great teams they had back in the '50s,'' Chittaro said. ``He was still mentally sharp. He had lots of great stories.''
The Stanley Cup that Detroit won in Skinner's first year as coach was the team's seventh. The Wings were 123-78-46 under him.
Skinner was born on Jan. 12, 1917, in Selkirk, Manitoba.
After a minor league playing career, he coached the Windsor Spitfires before the Red Wings made him their head coach for the 1954-55 season, after Tommy Ivan left to coach the Chicago Blackhawks. Skinner coached the team through 38 games of the 1957-58 season, when the Wings replaced him with Sid Abel.
Skinner then held a variety of management jobs with the club, including scouting and farm team development. He was general manager from 1980-82, when Mike Ilitch bought the team.