Wilfred White (ice hockey)

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Wilfred White
Tex White Pirates.jpg
Born (1900-06-26)June 26, 1900
Hillsburgh, ON, CAN
Died December 2, 1948(1948-12-02) (aged 48)
Port Colborne, ON, CAN
Height 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Weight 155 lb (70 kg; 11 st 1 lb)
Position Right Wing
Shot Right
Played for Pittsburgh Pirates
New York Americans
Philadelphia Quakers
New Haven Eagles
Pittsburgh Yellow Jackets
Playing career 1923–1932

Wilfred Belmont "Tex" White (June 26, 1900 – December 2, 1948) was a Canadian professional ice hockey forward who played seven seasons in the National Hockey League for the Pittsburgh Pirates, New York Americans and Philadelphia Quakers.

Playing career[edit]

While White was addressed in numerous newspaper articles as "Tex", no explanation was ever given as to how he got that nickname. From 1917 to 1923, played with the Barrie Canoe Club, Toronto Canoe Club, and Dunville Dunnies of the Ontario Hockey Association.[1] In 1923, after seeing how well the fans in Pittsburgh took to Lionel Conacher, the owner of the Pittsburgh Yellow Jackets, Roy Schooley, asked Conochar to invite a number of his friends in Canada to play for his team. These players included Harold Cotton, Hib Milks, Harold Darragh, Rodger Smith, Duke McCurry, Roy Worters and "Tex" White.[2] White played for the Yellow Jackets for the next two seasons, helping the team win the United States Amateur Hockey Association title in each of those years.[2] In 1925, the Yellow Jackets morphed into the NHL's Pittsburgh's Pirates. Tex made the transition to the NHL with several other key members of the team.[3]

White was one of only five Pittsburgh players to play all five seasons for the Pirates.[3] However he played for the New York Americans for 13 games at the end of the 1928-29 NHL season, and sent to the New Haven Eagles, of the Canadian-American Hockey League, for 12 games in 1929-30.When financial issues associated with the Great Depression sent the Pirates across the state to Philadelphia, White stayed with the team, now renamed the Philadelphia Quakers. He scored three goals in his one month playing for the Quakers, with one of those goals being the game winner in the Quakers’ first victory, over the Toronto Maple Leafs on November 25, 1930. However Tex was traded, along with Rodger Smith, to the revived Pittsburgh Yellow Jackets for cash on December 16, 1930, following the Quakers’ acquisition of Eddie McCalmon and D'Arcy Coulson.[1] On March 17, 1931, White scored the lone goal for the Yellow Jackets against the London Tecumsehs. The win allowed Pittsburgh to clinch a playoff berth in the International Hockey League.[4] He played in Pittsburgh before retiring from hockey in 1932.[1]

He was found dead in his Canadian Corps Club room, located in Port Colborne, Ontario, on December 2, 1948.[5] He had been working as a steward at the club, for the previous three years.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Tex White". Individual Player Statistics. Flyers History. Retrieved May 3, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Spence, Ron (September 10, 2008). "USAHA Hockey: Not a Parlour Game". Crashing the Goalie. 
  3. ^ a b "1925-26 Pittsburgh Pirates (NHL)". Pittsburgh Hockey.net. Retrieved May 3, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Playoff Position; Tex White Stars". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. March 18, 1931. 
  5. ^ "Tex White Dead". Pittsburgh Press. December 3, 1948. 
  6. ^ "Ex-Yellow Jacket Tex White Dies". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. December 3, 1948. 

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