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McCaskill, Ted
Ted McCaskill of Kapuskasing, Ontario, Canada, and longtime resident of Phoenix passed away suddenly on March 3, 2016 at the age of 79. Ted was a professional hockey player, real estate broker, and entrepreneur who devoted the last days of his life caring for his wife. As a professional hockey player for 21 years Ted played for the Nashville Dixie Flyers (EHL), Minnesota North Stars (NHL), Vancouver Canucks (WHL), Phoenix Roadrunners (WHL), and the Los Angeles Sharks (WHA). He finished his career coaching in the WHA and as player/coach in the North American Hockey League. Known for his rugged style he was a popular player in every city including Phoenix. When playing for the Roadrunners from 1970-1972 he was known as Terrible Ted and Captain Crunch. As a revered minor league tough guy, he appeared in the legendary sports movie Slapshot starring Paul Newman. It remained one of the highlights of his life, as he is shown in many scenes tussling with Newman. Ted had great stories about Newman mixing in with all the hockey players on the set. While playing professionally in Scotland as a 21 year old, he met his wife-to-be Mae in a tavern owned by her parents. Ted and Mae loved Phoenix and settled for good in 1976. Ted was a successful real estate agent turned broker before founding a successful air duct cleaning business. He is pre-deceased in death by his parents, 2 brothers and his beloved daughter Debbie who lost her battle with cancer in 2005. Ted will be deeply missed and is survived by his beautiful wife Mae, his son Kirk, who was a pitcher in the Major Leagues for the Angels and White Sox, daughter-in-law Dana, grandchildren Riley, Reese, Bennett, son-in-law Jim Cox, and brother Graham of Ottawa, Canada. A celebration of Ted's life will be held on Saturday, March 26, 2016, 4:00 p.m. at Chaparral Suites, 5001 North Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85250. In lieu of cards and flowers, please send a donation to the Desert Southwest Chapter, 1028 E. McDowell Road, Phoenix, AZ 85006
Published in The Arizona Republic on Mar. 9, 2016
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