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April 1, 1953 |
Cornwall, ON, CAN
|Height||6 ft 0 in (183 cm)|
|Weight||200 lb (91 kg; 14 st 4 lb)|
|Played for||St. Louis Blues
New Jersey Devils
|NHL Draft||104th overall, 1973
St. Louis Blues
|WHA Draft||28th overall, 1973
New York Golden Blades
Growing up in Maxville, Ontario the son of Dutch immigrants, Wensink is best remembered for his time with the Boston Bruins, where he teamed with Terry O'Reilly and Stan Jonathan as the team's enforcers. In one of the most infamous moments in National Hockey League history, on December 1, 1977, Wensink, after fighting Alex Pirus of the Minnesota North Stars, skated to the Minnesota bench and motioned with his hands, challenging the entire team, but no player responded. Wensink is also well known for his large afro that he sported on the ice. In another scrap with Bob Kelly, Wensink and Kelly were pulling at each other's hair.
Besides his skill as a fighter, Wensink could score as well. He had a career high 46 points in the 1978-79 season for the Bruins.
Wensink also played for the St. Louis Blues, Quebec Nordiques, the Colorado Rockies and the New Jersey Devils. He finished his career with the Nijmegen Tigers in the Dutch Eredivisie in 1984–85. In 1989, he played for the Netherlands national ice hockey team in the 1989 World Ice Hockey Championships, Pool C.
Currently, John Wensink owns a construction firm in St Louis, where he also plays senior hockey. He is still active with the St. Louis Blues Alumni and the Boston Bruins Alumni hockey teams.