Bill Gadsby

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Bill Gadsby
Hockey Hall of Fame, 1970
1958 Topps Bill Gadsby.JPG
Born (1927-08-08)August 8, 1927
Calgary, AB, Canada
Died March 10, 2016(2016-03-10) (aged 88)
Farmington Hills, MI, US
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 190 lb (86 kg; 13 st 8 lb)
Position Defence
Shot Left
Played for Chicago Black Hawks
New York Rangers
Detroit Red Wings
Playing career 1946–1966

William Alexander "Bill" Gadsby (August 8, 1927 – March 10, 2016) was a Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman who played for the Chicago Black Hawks, New York Rangers, and Detroit Red Wings in the National Hockey League.[1]

Playing career[edit]

Bill Gadsby began his outstanding hockey career in Calgary playing for several minor league teams including the Alberta Midget champions in 1942. He played two years for the Edmonton Junior Canadians before joining the Chicago Black Hawks in 1946. He was captain twice during his eight years with them. "Bill" Gadsby contracted polio in 1952 but fought back without interrupting his hockey career.[2]

Gadsby was a First Team All-Star three times and a Second Team All-Star four times. In 1958–59, he set a record for assists by a defenceman, with 46.[3]

Despite a long (20 season) NHL hockey career, Gadsby never won the Stanley Cup. He came closest to winning the Cup in 1964, when the Detroit Red Wings lost a 7-game final series to the Toronto Maple Leafs.

When he retired he was the leading career scorer among defensemen with 568 points.

Bill Gadsby was inducted to the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and Museum in 1986 as a Hockey Athlete. http://ashfm.ca/component/k2/gadsby-william

Gadsby was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1970. In 1998, he was ranked number 99 on The Hockey News' list of the 100 Greatest Hockey Players. He was ranked No. 63 on the all-time list of New York Rangers in the book 100 Ranger Greats (John Wiley & Sons, 2009).

Retirement and death[edit]

Gadsby was an "Honored Member" of the Detroit Red Wings Alumni Association, and was active in its efforts to raise money for children's charities in Metro Detroit.

He died at the age of 88 on March 10, 2016 in Farmington Hills, Michigan following a period of failing health.[4][5]

Career statistics[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1943–44 Calgary Grills AHA-B 9 4 1 5 4
1944–45 Edmonton Canadians AJHL
1945–46 Edmonton Canadians AJHL 14 12 26
1945–46 Edmonton Canadians M-Cup 14 12 5 17 22
1946–47 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 48 8 10 18 31
1946–47 Kansas City Pla-Mors USHL 12 2 3 5 8
1947–48 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 60 6 10 16 66
1948–49 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 50 3 10 13 85
1949–50 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 70 10 25 35 138
1950–51 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 25 3 7 10 32
1951–52 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 59 7 15 22 87
1952–53 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 68 2 20 22 84 7 0 1 1 4
1953–54 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 70 12 29 41 108
1954–55 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 18 3 5 8 17
1954–55 New York Rangers NHL 52 8 8 16 44
1955–56 New York Rangers NHL 70 9 42 51 84 5 1 3 4 4
1956–57 New York Rangers NHL 70 4 37 41 72 5 1 2 3 2
1957–58 New York Rangers NHL 65 14 32 46 48 6 0 3 3 4
1958–59 New York Rangers NHL 70 5 46 51 56
1959–60 New York Rangers NHL 65 9 22 31 60
1960–61 New York Rangers NHL 65 9 26 35 49
1961–62 Detroit Red Wings NHL 70 7 30 37 88
1962–63 Detroit Red Wings NHL 70 4 24 28 116 11 1 4 5 36
1963–64 Detroit Red Wings NHL 64 2 16 18 80 14 0 4 4 22
1964–65 Detroit Red Wings NHL 61 0 12 12 122 7 0 3 3 8
1965–66 Detroit Red Wings NHL 58 5 12 17 72 12 1 3 4 12
NHL totals 1248 130 438 568 1539 67 4 23 27 92

NHL coaching record[edit]

Team Year Regular season Post season
G W L T Pts Finish Result
Detroit Red Wings 1968–69 76 33 31 12 78 5th in East Missed playoffs
Detroit Red Wings 1969–70 2 2 0 0 (2) 3rd in East (resigned)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bill Gadsby NHL Statistics". Hockey-Reference.com. Retrieved 2016-03-10. 
  2. ^ [Bill was inducted to the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and Museum in 1986 as a Hockey Athlete. http://ashfm.ca/component/k2/gadsby-william Bill was inducted to the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and Museum in 1986 as a Hockey Athlete. http://ashfm.ca/component/k2/gadsby-william] Check |url= value (help).  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. ^ "Bill Gadsby Biography". legendsofhockey.net. Retrieved 30 January 2013.
  4. ^ "Bill Gadsby, N.H.L. Star With Scars to Prove It, Dies at 88". The New York Times. Retrieved 2016-03-11. 
  5. ^ Krupa, Gregg (March 10, 2016). "Wings Hall of Famer Bill Gadsby dies at 88". The Detroit News. Retrieved March 10, 2016. 

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Preceded by
Jack Stewart
Chicago Black Hawks captain
195254
Succeeded by
Gus Mortson
Preceded by
Sid Abel
Head coach of the Detroit Red Wings
19681970
Succeeded by
Sid Abel