๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Bill White: 1939-2017

Former NHL star Bill White, a key defender both in his 17 year pro career and with Teamย Canada at the 1972 Summit Series, has died in his hometown of Torontoย at the age of 77.

White,ย a star player in the AHL before joining the expansion Los Angeles Kings in 1967, spent 17 pro seasons between Los Angeles and Chicago, with his formative years spent on the Black Hawks blueline with Pat Stapleton, forming one of the top pairs in the league. White was a six-time All-Star throughout his career, before retiring in 1976 due to a neck injury, following a long string of missed time due to previous injuries in seasons past.

White was named to the Summit Series roster while a member of the Hawks, playing in sevenย games against the Soviet Union, collecting an assist, as well as the 3-3 tying goal in the legendary 6-5 victory in Game 8 to take the series in Moscow. White and Stapleton were again paired in the series, playing a key shutdown role against a potent Soviet offence, and White was instrumental in holding back the Soviet onslaught in the 34 seconds between Paul Henderson’s historic go-ahead goal and the final buzzer sounding on Game 8.

White only held the IHLC twice in his career, both during the Summit Series, due to ineligibility rules for NHL players in international competition at the time. Our condolences go out to the Whiteย family, as well as the extended hockey community, on the loss of yet another member of the historic Summit Series team.

Photo Credit: Beach Metroย โ€“ IIHF โ€“ HHOF โ€“ IOC



Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.