Former Wings player, 38, succumbs to brain cancer

Posted: June 29, 2012

CHRIS SANDERSON, a former Wings coach and player, died Thursday. He was 38.

Sanderson died after a 3?1/2-year battle with brain cancer. He played goaltender for the Wings in 2001 and 2002 and was an assistant coach with them from 2005 to '11. He also played for Baltimore and New Jersey during his 5-year career. He played college lacrosse at Virginia. He was the starting goaltender for the Canadian national team that won the world championships in 2006.

He is survived by his wife, Brogann, and daughters Stevie and Clementine.

"This is a very sad day for all Wings fans, Wings players, coaches, management and ownership," Wings co-owner and president Michael French said. "Chris' leadership, spirit and sense of humor were just some of his wonderful traits he possessed. As a fellow Canadian, I am eternally grateful for all he did for our national team and our sport. On behalf of the Wings, we pass on our deepest condolences to Brogann and Chris' two beautiful daughters and all of his extended family. May he rest in peace."

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