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Roger Neilson
Roger Paul Neilson

(1934-06-16)June 16, 1934
Died June 21, 2003(2003-06-21) (aged 69)
Occupation Former NHL coach
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Statue of Roger Neilson holding up a towel outside of Rogers Arena

Roger Paul Neilson, CM (June 16, 1934 – June 21, 2003) was a National Hockey League coach, and was responsible for many victories in the game. He is a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame in the builder category.

Born in Toronto, Ontario, after attending North Toronto Collegiate Institute, Neilson's coaching career began as a student at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, and continued upon graduation with a degree in Physical Education in both hockey and baseball.

Neilson died on June 21, 2003 from bone and skin cancer in Peterborough, Ontario, aged 69.

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