August 18, 1941|
Winnipeg, MB, CAN
|Died||July 30, 1988(aged 46)|
|Height||6 ft 0 in (183 cm)|
|Weight||185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)|
|Played for||Boston Bruins
Minnesota North Stars
Los Angeles Kings
Winnipeg Jets (WHA)
Indianapolis Racers (WHA)
Woytowich started his National Hockey League career with the Boston Bruins in 1964. He would also play for the Minnesota North Stars, Pittsburgh Penguins, and Los Angeles Kings. He left for World Hockey Association after the 1972 season. He would play for the Winnipeg Jets and Indianapolis Racers.
During Woytowich's tenure in Pittsburgh, he became a favorite of fans who formed a fan club called Woytowich's Polish Army (Woytowich was of Polish descent). The club camped in the upper reaches of the Pittsburgh Civic Arena during weekday home games and filled an entire section during Saturday home games. Despite its name, one did not have to be of Polish descent to be a member of the Polish Army. Members had to have the money to purchase a general admission ticket and were forbidden from saying anything nice about Penguins opponents.
On July 30, 1988, Woytowich suffered a heart attack while driving his car near Winnipeg. The car was involved in an accident and he died.
Awards and achievements
- CPHL First All-Star Team (1964)
- Played in NHL All-Star Game (1970)
- “Honoured Member” of the Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame.
|Minnesota North Stars captain
- Bob Woytowich career statistics at The Internet Hockey Database
- Bob Ivan Woytowich biography at Legends of Hockey
- Bob Woytowich's biography at Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame
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