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Gerald George McNeil (April 17, 1926 – June 17, 2004) won two Stanley Cups with the Montreal Canadiens. But, fans will forever remember the Québec City, Québec native for two Cup-winning goals he gave up: to the Toronto Maple Leafs' Bill Barilko (1951), and a shot by a Detroit Red Wings player that was tipped by teammate Doug Harvey (1954). McNeil was so crushed by the Harvey "goal," he retired to coach junior hockey the next season, but returned to the Habs in 1956 to earn his second Cup as back-up to Hall of Famer Jacques Plante (1956-57).
The Canadiens announced that McNeil died at Saint-Luc Hospital in Montréal, but didn't give the cause of death.
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