NEWARK -- Some sad news to report from the Bruins' extended famly. Anne Bucyk married to Bruins' Hall-of-Fame winger John Bucyk these last 53-plus years, died today in Topsfield after a brief illness.
Bucyk, who was in her 70s, was diagnosed last year with a rare form of colitis, according to a family friend, and in recent weeks resided in a Topsfield rehabilitation center in hopes of gaining enough strength to return to the family's home in nearby Boxford.
John Bucyk, 76 years old and these days the club's coordinator of road services, returned home to Boston from here earlier today to be at his wife's bedside. The Bruins face the Devils here tonight at the Prudential Center.
Anne is also survived by three adult children: Jo-Anne Laroche of Raymond, N.H., Larry Bucyk of Newton, N.H., and Michael Bucyk of Beverly, Mass., and eight grandchildren.
Funeral arrangements are still being finalized.