|Héctor "El Mago" Blondet|
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|Birth: ||May 12, 1947|
New Jersey, USA
|Death: ||Sep., 2006|
Hoop star Héctor Blondet dies at 59
Former Puerto Rico team basketball star Héctor Blondet, known as "El Mago" for his spectacular passing abilities, died Saturday morning in his sleep from an apparent heart attack.
He was 59 years old.
The basketball community was taken by surprise with the news Saturday morning.
Blondet served as marketing director for the PROC in the early '90s and represented Puerto Rico in the 1971 Pan Am Games, where Puerto Rico won silver, as well as the Olympics in both 1972 in Munich and 1976 in Montreal.
Blondet was the star player in the Río Piedras Cardinals' 1976 SBL championship victory over the Quebradillas Pirates.He spent most of his career with the Arecibo Captains.
Born in Fort Green, Brooklyn, on May 12, 1947, Héctor Blondet was the youngest of five sons born to Carlos Blondet, of Santa Isabel, and Pureza Texidor, of Salinas.His parents had moved to New York in the '30s, where Héctor grew up along with his brothers and sisters, Carlos, José Ariel, Lourdes and Ida.
Blondet studied at P.S. 167 in Brooklyn, but his sports prowess earned him a scholarship to St.John's Prep.He studied there one year before transferring to Boy's High in Brooklyn, home to players like Tiny Archibald, Kareem Abdul Jabbar, Dean Meminger and Connie Hawkins, and to the Rucker Basketball Tournaments.
Upon his graduation in 1966,Blondet headed to Paducah Junior College in Kentucky, where he played for one year before transferring to Murray State in the Ohio Valley Conference.
While at Murray State, he received a phone call from Arecibo Captains franchise holder Eddie Alvarez, who invited Blondet to play that summer in Puerto Rico.After getting permission from his parents, Blondet arrived in Puerto Rico in May of 1970.
Arecibo's Humberto Padró took the case, and the SBL rules were amended in time for the 1971 season, but Reyes admitted it was players like Blondet and Charlie Bermúdez who forced the change.
In the end, both Puerto Rico and Blondet won. In 1971, he was the fourth-round draft pick for the Portland TrailBlazers in the NBA and was invited to represent Puerto Rico in the Pan Am Games in Cali, Colombia.
So great was his performance in the Munich Games in 1972 that he was offered a contract with FC Barcelona, a deal Dr.Hiram Ruiz helped broker.
In 1976, René Aponte Caratini and don José Garriga recruited Blondet for two seasons to play with Río Piedras. In the decisive game in the 1976 season at Pachín Vicéns Coliseum in Ponce, Blondet scored the winnng basket and Río Piedras interrupted the domination of Quebradillas and Bayamón in the league.
He rounded out his career playing for Morovis, Mayagüez, Isabela and finally Guaynabo before retiring in 1984.
Last year, the league honored him during the All-Star game on its 70th anniversary. In 2001 he was inducted into the Río Piedras Sports Hall of Fame and in 2004, gained induction into the P.R.Hall of Fame.
He is survived by his wife, Judge Suquel Barreras del Río, and two daughters, Nicole Blondet Childers and Suquel Blondet Barreras.
Created by: Rita & Lee Gordon
Record added: Jan 22, 2010
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