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Franchise Legend Leaves the Montreal Canadiens

Published September 22, 2023 at 4:15 PM
BY AUSTIN KELLY
Dr. David Mulder has retired as the team doctor for the Montreal Canadiens, ending a historic 60-year career spanning decades from the glory days of the Canadiens to it's present.

Canadiens Team Doctor Retires After 6 Decade Tenure



The Montreal Canadiens have announced legendary Team Physician Dr. David Mulder has retired after 60 years with the club.


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Dr. Mulder had been employed with the Canadiens since 1963, caring for members of the Habs minor league system, while joining the NHL team full-time in 1971 as a team doctor, becoming the leading team physician in 1999 following the retirement of his former superior and fellow Montreal General Hospital colleague Dr. Douglas Kinnear, who himself spent 37 years as the Canadiens head physician.

As well as being apart of the Canadiens organization, Dr. Mulder had worked as a surgeon for Montreal General Hospital, specializing in trauma, working his way to the Hospital's Chief Surgeon. Beyond Hockey, Dr. Mulder hade advances in trauma care in Quebec in his tenure as a trauma surgeon in the Province, being Instrumental in proving quality of life in trauma care in Quebec hospitals.

Dr. Mulder, along with Dr. Kinnear, co-wrote the book 'Hockey Doc', outlining the decades of stories behind the scenes of the medical histories of the legends of the Canadiens, and revealing stories on the medical side of Hockey. Dr. Kinnear passed away in 2019, 2 years before the release of the book. Mulder had been involved in recent medical scares involving the Habs, such as Max Pacioretty's gruesome 2011 injury to assisting in former Captain Salu Koivu's Cancer diagnosis and treatment.

The Montreal Canadiens promoted assistant to the team physician Dr. Dan Deckelbaum as the team's new head physician. Dr. Deckelbaum had been in the role with Montreal since the 2011-12 NHL season, who specializes in trauma for McGill University.
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