Eric Nesterenko

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Eric Nesterenko
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Born (1933-10-31) October 31, 1933 (age 84)
Flin Flon, Manitoba, Canada
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 186 lb (84 kg; 13 st 4 lb)
Position Centre
Shot Right
Played for NHL
Toronto Maple Leafs
Chicago Black Hawks
WHA
Chicago Cougars
Playing career 1951–1974

Eric "Sonja" Paul Nesterenko (born October 31, 1933) is a Canadian former professional National Hockey League (NHL) centre who played for the Toronto Maple Leafs from 1951 until 1956 and for the Chicago Black Hawks from 1956 until 1972. In 1973–74 he played for the Chicago Cougars of the World Hockey Association, after a year of coaching in Switzerland. He had 250 goals and 324 assists during his NHL career, and won a Stanley Cup championship with Chicago in 1961. The rangy right winger was a superb penalty killer, who also was known for using his elbows in the corners.

Nesterenko infamously required 15 stitches in his head after Willie O'Ree, the first black player in the NHL, retaliated with his stick after Nesterenko had knocked out his two front teeth and taunted him with racial slurs.

Nesterenko was born in Flin Flon, Manitoba to immigrants from Ukraine. He attended high school at North Toronto Collegiate Institute.[1]

In 1986, he played the father of character Dean Youngblood (Rob Lowe) in the movie Youngblood, and was also the film's hockey consultant.[2] He has worked as a disk jockey, a stockbroker, a travel broker, a freelance writer, a university professor and a ski instructor.[3][2]

Near the end of his NHL career, he was interviewed for Studs Terkel's bestselling book, Working: What People do all Day and How They Feel About What They Do.

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Career statistics[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1949–50 Toronto Marlboros OHA-Jr. 1 0 0 0 0
1950–51 Toronto Marlboros OHA-Jr. 46 28 22 50 90 13 7 9 16 27
1951–52 Toronto Marlboros OHA-Jr. 52 53 42 95 133 6 2 6 8 12
1951–52 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 1 0 0 0 0
1952–53 Toronto Marlboros OHA-Jr. 34 27 21 48 46
1952–53 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 35 10 6 16 27
1953–54 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 68 14 9 23 70 5 0 1 1 9
1954–55 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 62 15 15 30 99 4 0 1 1 6
1955–56 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 40 4 6 10 65
1955–56 Winnipeg Warriors WHL 20 8 6 14 27 14 3 7 10 22
1956–57 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 24 8 15 23 32
1957–58 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 70 20 18 38 104
1958–59 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 70 16 18 34 81 6 2 2 4 8
1959–60 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 61 13 23 36 71 4 0 0 0 2
1960–61 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 68 19 19 38 125 11 2 3 5 6
1961–62 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 68 15 14 29 97 12 0 5 5 22
1962–63 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 67 12 15 27 103 6 2 3 5 8
1963–64 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 70 7 19 26 93 7 2 1 3 8
1964–65 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 56 14 16 30 63 14 2 2 4 16
1965–66 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 67 15 25 40 58 6 1 0 1 4
1966–67 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 68 14 23 37 38 6 1 2 3 2
1967–68 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 71 11 25 36 37 10 0 1 1 2
1968–69 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 72 15 17 32 29
1969–70 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 67 16 18 34 26 7 1 2 3 4
1970–71 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 76 8 15 23 28 18 0 1 1 19
1971–72 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 38 4 8 12 27 8 0 0 0 11
1972–73 Lausanne HC NDB
1973–74 Chicago Cougars WHA 29 2 5 7 8
1975–76 Trail Smoke Eaters WIHL 40 10 25 35 38
NHL totals 1219 250 324 574 1273 124 13 24 37 127

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