Len Lunde (1936–2010)
The Edmonton Oilers and Edmonton Oil Kings organizations were saddened this weekend to learn of the passing of Len Lunde. Len, a forward, enjoyed a rich and varied career in hockey including being a proud member of the Edmonton Oil Kings for two years (1954-1956) and a WHA Edmonton Oiler (1973-1974).
Born in Campbell River, Alberta, Len also played for the Edmonton Flyers professional hockey team in the mid 1950’s and then cracked the lineup with the Detroit Red Wings in the six-team NHL, where he played four seasons before returning to the Edmonton Flyers for the 1961-1962 season. He returned to the NHL for two seasons with the Chicago Blackhawks (1962-1963 and 1965-1966).
Len then made several stops in North America with several teams before returning to the NHL with the 1970-1971 Vancouver Canucks, then to Tampere Finland for a year before his WHA time with the Edmonton Oilers. In 321 career NHL games, Len scored 39 goals and 83 assists for 122 points, as well five points in 20 playoff games.