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Former pro hockey player dies

NORTHUMBERLAND - Local resident, and former professional hockey player, Paul Terbenche has died.

Born Sept. 16, 1945 in Port Hope, Terbenche passed away Sunday at Northumberland Hills Hospital in Cobourg.

Terbenche, a defenceman, played in 189 National Hockey League games during the 1960s and '70s. He was a rookie with the Chicago Blackhawks during the 1967-68 season, playing 68 games that year, before spending the next two seasons in the minors.

In 1970, he was claimed by the Buffalo Sabres in the expansion draft and played most of the next two seasons in the minors, while still seeing action in a few NHL games. He played 42 games with the Sabres during the 1972-73 season and 67 the following year. Those were the final NHL games he played before moving on to play in the World Hockey Association.

Terbenche played for five differed WHA teams, including the Vancouver Blazers, Calgary Cowboys, Birmingham Bulls, Houston Aeros and finally with the 1979 Avco Cup champion Winnipeg Jets.

His final two years were spent with the Birmingham Bulls, which by then were playing in the Central Hockey League.

After his playing career, Terbenche went on to work at Brookside Youth Centre for 25 years and had continued to live in Cobourg.

Paul Terbenche was the son of Frances and the late Peter Terbenche, the brother of Eric and the late Peter Terbenche Jr., father of Brian Terbenche (Vivian) and Kristin Terbenche (Bruce) and is also survived by granddaughter Tiffany Terbenche and great-grandson Anthony Terbenche as well as friend Brenda Bannerman.

A graveside funeral service will be held Tuesday, Jan. 17 at 11 a.m. at St. Mary's Cemetery in Port Hope with a reception to follow at the Cobourg Legion Hall.

If desired, memorial contributions may be made by cheque to the Northumberland Humane Society or to the residents' assistance fund at the Golden Plough Lodge.

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