OTTAWA, April 14 (UPI) -- Ottawa Senators assistant coach Mark Reeds died at the age of 55 Tuesday after years of living with cancer.
Reed played with St. Louis and the Hartford Whalers. In 2007, he moved to a coaching career first with Owen Sound and then the Ottawa Senators. The defensive center scored 45 goals and had more than 150 points in 365 career games.
He led the Owen Sound Attack from 2007-2011 before moving to the Ottawa Senators as an assistant coach.
Fans and teammates expressed their condolences on Twitter.
The entire Ottawa Senators organization sends its deepest condolences to the Reeds family. Rest in peace, Mark.— Ottawa Senators (@Senators) April 14, 2015
Mark Reeds was a true gentleman who always had a smile at the rink. He'll be warmly remembered, and deeply missed.— Gord Miller (@GMillerTSN) April 14, 2015
Saddened to hear of the passing of Mark Reeds, a humble, respected hockey man who made a huge impact in Owen Sound and Ottawa. Gone too soon— Chris Cuthbert (@CCtsn) April 14, 2015
My good friend Mark Reeds has passed away today. He was a great coach and great motivator. He always looked at life as an adventure. #RIP— Jamie Rivers (@JamieRivers08) April 14, 2015
On my first Sens road trip in Feb. Mark Reeds came right over to me that night to introduce himself to the newbie. Sad to hear of his death.— Chris Hofley (@chrishofley) April 14, 2015
Our thoughts are with the @Senators organization after the passing of assistant coach Mark Reeds. Condolences to his family & friends.— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) April 14, 2015
Reeds was diagnosed with cancer a few years ago but was recently told it was inoperable.
He was hospitalized with pneumonia and died early Tuesday morning. Reeds is survived by his wife. Mary, and his two children Kyle and Kelsey.