Johnny Gottselig

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Johnny Gottselig
Born (1905-06-24)June 24, 1905
Klosterdorf, Russian Empire
Died May 15, 1986(1986-05-15) (aged 80)
Chicago, IL, USA
Height 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Weight 158 lb (72 kg; 11 st 4 lb)
Position Left Wing
Shot Left
Played for Chicago Black Hawks (NHL)
Kansas City Americans (AHA)
Winnipeg Maroons (AHA)
Playing career 1928–1945

Johannes Gottselig (Russian: Иван Гоцелиг) (24 June 1905 - 15 May 1986) was a professional ice hockey left winger who played 17 seasons for the Chicago Black Hawks of the National Hockey League (NHL) between 1928 and 1946. He was the second player born in the Russian Empire to play in the NHL, as well as the first European-born head coach in the league's history. He won two Stanley Cups in his playing career: in 1934, and 1938 (as captain). He was also with Chicago in 1961, as Director of Public Relations, when the Black Hawks won their third Stanley Cup. Gottselig was included on the team, but his name was not engraved onto the Stanley Cup.

Background[edit]

Gottselig was born along the banks of Dnieper River in a tiny German Catholic village of Klosterdorf in the Swedish district in the Kherson Governorate of the Russian Empire (now part of Ukraine) and emigrated to Canada the same year. He grew up in Regina, Saskatchewan. In later years, he would say he was from the better-known city of Odessa which was the largest centre in the general vicinity of his birthplace. His parents were Albert Gottselig and Margarethe Weber.[citation needed]

Career[edit]

He played junior hockey with the Regina Pats before joining Chicago. Gottselig's entire NHL career was with Chicago, playing 589 career NHL games, scoring 176 goals and 195 assists for 371 points. After his hockey playing career was finished, he became the team's head coach. After coaching, he stayed on as the team's Director of Public Relations.

Gottselig also served for several years as a manager of women's baseball teams in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. He guided the Racine Belles in 1943–1944, the Peoria Redwings in 1947 and the Kenosha Comets in 1949–1950. He later became an executive with Stone Construction.

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1923–24 Regina Pats S-SJHL 6 6 0 6 6
1924–25 Regina Pats S-SJHL 5 18 2 20 0
1924–25 Regina Victorias S-SSHL 1 1 0 1 2
1925–26 Regina Victorias S-SSHL 16 8 1 9 2
1926–27 Regina Capitals PrHL 32 23 7 30 21 2 1 0 1 0
1927–28 Winnipeg Maroons AHA 39 15 4 19 24
1928–29 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 44 5 3 8 26
1929–30 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 39 21 4 25 28 2 0 0 0 4
1930–31 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 42 20 12 32 14 9 3 3 6 2
1931–32 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 44 13 15 28 28 2 0 0 0 2
1932–33 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 41 11 11 22 6
1933–34 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 48 16 14 30 4 8 4 3 7 4
1934–35 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 48 19 18 37 16 2 0 0 0 0
1935–36 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 40 14 15 29 4 2 0 2 2 0
1936–37 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 47 9 21 30 10
1937–38 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 48 13 19 32 22 10 5 3 8 4
1938–39 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 48 16 23 39 15
1939–40 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 39 8 15 23 7 2 0 1 1 0
1940–41 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 5 1 4 5 5
1940–41 Kansas City Americans AHA 13 9 6 15 2 8 3 1 4 2
1941–42 Kansas City Americans AHA 40 25 35 60 22 6 2 5 7 2
1942–43 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 10 2 6 8 12
1943–44 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 45 8 15 23 6 6 1 1 2 2
1944–45 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 1 0 0 0 0
NHL totals 589 176 195 371 203 43 13 13 26 18
AHA totals 92 49 45 94 48 14 5 6 11 4

Coaching record[edit]

Team Year Regular season Post season
G W L T Pts Division rank Result
CHI 1944–45 49 13 29 7 33 5th in NHL DNQ
CHI 1945–46 50 23 20 7 53 3rd in NHL Lost in first round
CHI 1946–47 60 19 37 4 42 6th in NHL DNQ
CHI 1947–48 28 7 19 2 16 6th in NHL Fired
Total 187 62 105 20 144

References[edit]

  • Podnieks, Andrew (2003). Players: The Ultimate A-Z Guide of Everyone Who Has Ever Played in the NHL. Doubleday Canada. ISBN 0-385-25999-9. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Chuck Gardiner
Chicago Black Hawks captain
193540
Succeeded by
Earl Seibert
Preceded by
Paul Thompson
Head coach of the Chicago Black Hawks
1944-48
Succeeded by
Charlie Conacher