Thursday, March 10, 2016

BILL GADSBY: 1927-2016

The hockey world mourns the passing of Hall of Fame defenceman Bill Gadsby, who passed away today.

A native of Calgary, Alberta, Gadsby began his National Hockey League career in 1946-47 with Chicago. He remained a Black Hawk until a trade on November 24, 1954, sent him to New York. After seven seasons in the Big Apple, Gadsby once again found himself on the move when the Rangers dealt him to Detroit following the 1960-61 campaign.

Gadsby retired as a player in May 1966 and held the coaching position with Detroit for a short period of time.

Mostly known for his robust physical style, Gadsby also had his moments on offence. In a poll conducted by the Toronto Daily Star in March 1958, the six NHL coaches chose him as the best attacking defenceman. At the time, he was a member of the New York Rangers.

During his NHL career, Gadsby played on 3 First All-Star Teams and 4 Second All-Star Teams. He is considered to be one of the best players not to have been on a Stanley Cup winning team.

Born on August 8, 1927, William Alexander "Gads" Gadsby was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1970

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