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Breaking: Oldest NHL player has passed away

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It was announced Thursday evening that the longest-living former National Hockey League player passed away at the age of 97.

John Robert "Chick" Webster, brother of Don Webster, a former Toronto Maple Leaf, did not have a storied career by any stretch in the NHL, but he did play for the New York Rangers in the 1949-1950 season.

He was an extremely respected and beloved figure of his community in Ontario and will be missed.

The Toronto native made his way around different hockey leagues across North America, but did not manage to record a point in his 14 career NHL games. 

Still, Chick was considered a "force of nature" and had great puck-handling skills - but his career was cut short when he broke a wrist. He retired a few years later after spending some time in the minors.

His brother Don, who played 27 games in a Leafs uniform, put up 13 points. He died at the age of 53 from a brain tumour. 

While Chick Webster may have not been a household name, he will be missed by the Mattawa, Ontario community, where he spent his final years.