Wendy Keenan, wife of Edmonton Rush head coach and general manager Derek Keenan, passed away on Friday after a battle with cancer. She was 51.

"GM/Head Coach Derek Keenan's wife Wendy sadly lost her battle w/ cancer -Lost a teammate & gained a guardian angel," read a message sent out on the team's Twitter account.

Keenan, the sister of Hockey Hall of Famer Joe Nieuwendyk, was diagnosed with Stage 4 pancreatic cancer in October of 2013.

Derek took a leave of absence from the Rush for the upcoming season to be by his wife's side.

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