At the UPM Blandin paper plant in Grand Rapids, Minnesota, on Dec. 7, he suffered severe brain trauma and many broken bones.
DULUTH, Minn.— Family Scot Kleinendorst, a retired NHL player, says he died of injury in a workplace accident in northern Minnesota.
Kleinendorst suffered severe brain trauma and a large number of broken bones at the UPM Blandin paper factory in Grand Rapids on Dec. 7. He was brought to a hospital in Duluth.
His friend, Kelby Kleinendorst, posted on the CaringBridge page that her father died on Tuesday. He was 59 years old.
“It was extremely difficult to make the decision to let Scot pass because of the unspeakable grief and unfillable void that we now have to endure,” the family said. “However, it was easy to make this decision when it came to what Scot would ask us to do for him if he could. We’re sure of that.” Officials did not say how Kleinendorst was injured.
Kleinendorst had played with the New York Rangers, Hartford Whalers and Washington Capitals in the NHL for eight seasons beginning in 1982. Together, he recorded 12 goals and 46 assists for 58 points in 281 regular-season games. During 26 career playoff games, he recorded nine points. After the 1989-90 season, Kleinendorst retired from hockey.