Kevin O'Shea [b.1947] - d. Durham, ON, Canada
Born in Toronto, Ontario. Played in the National Hockey League with the Buffalo Sabres and St. Louis Blues, as well as in the World Hockey Association with the Minnesota Fighting Saints. O'Shea joined his older brother, Danny, on the Oshawa Generals team in 1963-64, appearing in just the one game, but his hockey career took him to the highest level. His hockey resumé included playing two seasons at St. Lawrence University, representing Canada at the 1969 World Championships and spending the 1969-70 season with the WHL's San Diego Gulls. He was claimed by the Buffalo Sabres in the inter-league draft in June 1970. O'Shea played parts of two seasons with the Sabres and another couple of seasons with the St. Louis Blues. The winger played 133 regular season games (13+8) and another 12 in the playoffs. He played in 68 WHA games, scoring ten goals and adding ten assists. He also played in the WHL with Denver, Phoenix and Minnesota before finishing his career in Sweden in 1976, representing Timrå IK in Elitserien, establishing a then all time league record in penalty minutes with 72 PIM in 33 regular season games. After retiring at the age of 29, he enrolled in the University of Windsor's law school, specializing in labour relations.
John "Jack" Bownass [b.1930] - d. Winnipg, MB, Canada
Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Passed away peacefully after a lengthy illness. "Red" was a professional ice hockey player who played 80 games in the National Hockey League. He played with the Montreal Canadiens and New York Rangers. He was also a member of the Canadian National Hockey Team. He was born and died in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
MJHL Second All-Star Team (1949), MJHL First All-Star Team (1950), IHL Second All-Star Team (1951), QHL First All-Star Team (1958), MJHL First All-Star Team Coach (1966), Turnbull Cup MJHL Championship (1966), "Honoured Member" of the Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame
Louis "Lou" Holmes [b.1911] - d. Edmonton, AB, Canada
He was born in Rushall, England. As a youth, Holmes moved to Edmonton to play junior hockey with the Edmonton Bruins from 1928 until 1930. In 1931, he made to move to professional hockey, playing 41 games with the Chicago Black Hawks of the National Hockey League. It would be his only full season in the NHL, as he played only 18 the following year with the Hawks, the rest with the St. Paul/Tulsa team of the American Hockey Association (AHA). He would spend the rest of his professional career with teams in the AHA and the Pacific Coast Hockey League.
In 1942, he enlisted and fought in World War II. When he returned, Holmes played senior hockey with various teams in the Edmonton area until he retired from active play in 1949.
After his playing career, Holmes coached the gold medal winning Edmonton Mercurys at the 1952 Winter Olympics. Holmes was, from 2007 until his death, the oldest living NHL-player, as well as the longest-lived. He was predeceased by his wife of 63 years, Helen Ruth Coulson, known as Buddy, who died in 1997.
Louis "Lou" Jankowski [b.1931] - d. Clearwater, FL, USA
Died peacefully at his home. Born in Regina, SK as the fourth of six sons to a strong Catholic mother, Anna Jankowski. Anna and her husband with three sons had immigrated to Canada in 1927 from Swidnik, Poland. (Now in the Ukraine) The family later moved to Hamilton, Ontario. Lou was a distinguished member of the hockey community after enjoying a life involved in the game he loved. Even though he played high school football and baseball, his love of hockey began on Cootes Paradise in Hamilton, and he won a Junior B championship with Hamilton Aerovox in 1948. He continued to the Oshawa Generals of the Ontario Hockey Association playing 3 seasons from 1948-1951. In 1950-51 he won the Eddie Powers Memorial Trophy for the OHA leading scorer, a trophy that still exists today. Lou played 122 games from 1951-1955 for the Detroit Red Wings and Chicago Blackhawks in the National Hockey League. Lou was known to be one of the fastest skaters in the game and was very versatile, as he could play all forward positions. From 1958-1969, he played for various teams in the Western Hockey League. With the Calgary Stampeders he was named to the WHL All-Star Team 4 times (1959-1960-1961-1963) won the Leader Cup as WHL MVP (1961) and won the Fred J. Hume Cup as Most Gentlemanly Player (1963). In 1972, Lou began his scouting career working for the St. Louis Blues, continued with NHL Central Scouting, Washington Capitals and 15 years with the New York Rangers. One could always find Lou in a rink, from minor hockey to the NHL, he was a mainstay in the game.
Michel Mongeau [b.1965] - d. Montreal, QC, Canada
Died of Melanoma skin cancer. Born in Nuns' Island, Quebec. Grew up idolizing Guy Lafleur. Had a successful career in junior hockey, playing for Laval Voisins (QMJHL) at the same time as Mario Lemieux. He played 54 games in the National Hockey League: 50 with the St. Louis Blues and four with the Tampa Bay Lightning. Played in the IHL for 11 years and was one of the leaders of his team and the league. Aside from winning many individual awards, he won the Turner Cup in 1991 with Peoria.
During a game in 1993-94 in an incident while playing in the IHL with Peoria. Mongeau was cross-checked hard from behind by Cleveland's Chris Tamer. He was catapulted head-first into the goal post, resulting in seven facial fractures. He got three metal plates in his face. He had his jaw wired shut for a month and it forced him out of hockey for a year. Mongeau sued Tamer, but the first trial ended in a mistrial. At the second trial, few of the original witnesses were available and the case was lost, being deemed an accident.
Wayne Stephenson [b.1945] - d. Madison, WI, USA
Born in Fort William, Ontario. Stephenson played primarily with the Canadian National Team early in his career, and was a member of the 1968 Canadian Olympic Hockey Team that won the Bronze Medal. His NHL career would begin in 1971 when he was signed as a free agent by the St. Louis Blues. After three seasons with the Blues, he was traded to the Philadelphia Flyers. Stephenson was the starting goalie in one of the most famous games in Flyers history - a 4-1 victory over the Soviet Red Army at the Spectrum on Jan. 11, 1976. Stephenson was traded to the Washington Capitals prior to the 1979-80 NHL season and played there for two seasons before retiring.
Wilhelm "Willie" Huber [b.1958] - d. Hamilton, ON, Canada
Died of a heart attack. Born in Strasskirchen, West Germany, Huber's family moved to Canada when he was an infant. Huber was drafted in the first round (9th overall) in the 1978 NHL Amateur Draft by the Detroit Red Wings after a decorated junior career. He won the Memorial Cup with the Hamilton Fincups in 1976. Spent ten years in the National Hockey League (NHL), primarily with the Detroit Red Wings and New York Rangers. Also played with Vancouver Canucks and Philadelphia Flyers. He represented Canada in international competition (WJC 1977, 1978 and IHWC 1981). When he joined the NHL in 1978, he was the largest player (6'5", 225Â lbs.) in league history.
Despite his size, however, Huber was primarily an offensive defender. Blessed with exceptional hands and skating ability, Huber was amongst the league's highest goal-scoring defenders in the early 1980s. In 1983, he was selected to play in the NHL All-Star Game. He finished his 10-year career with 104 goals and 321 points in 655 career games, along with 950 penalty minutes. Following his days in hockey, he chose to remain near the game, working at Copps Coliseum, Hamilton Place, and the Hamilton Convention Centre, in facility and event operations.
Blair Barnes [b.1960] - d. Chicago, Ill, USA
Born in Windsor, Ontario. Died from a heart attack. Barnes, a right winger played three seasons with the Spitfires from 1977-1980 scoring 127 goals and 169 assists for 296 points in 198 games. He was selected by the Edmonton Oilers in the sixth round of the 1979 NHL Entry Draft and then played two seasons (1980-1982) with the Wichita Wind of the Central Hockey League before being traded to the Los Angeles Kings in 1982. Barnes played one season with the Kings AHL affiliate team, the New Haven Nighthawks and he scored 29 goals while recording 34 assists for 63 points in 72 games during the 1982-1983 season before being called up by the Kings, where he played his only National Hockey League game. He finished his hockey career with the AHL's Nova Scotia Voyageurs scoring 31 goals and adding 32 assists for 63 points in 80 games played.
Robert "Bob" Probert [b.1965] - d. Lake St.Clair, ON, Canada
Born in Windsor, Ontario. Died of a heart attack. Prior to playing in the NHL, Probert was with the Brantford Alexanders of the Ontario Hockey League. After being drafted, he spent one more season with the Alexanders before spending his 1984-85 season with both the Hamilton Steelhawks and the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds of the OHL. Played for the National Hockey League's Detroit Red Wings and Chicago Blackhawks. While a successful player by some measures, including being voted to the 1987-88 Campbell Conference all-star team, Probert was best known for his activities as a fighter and enforcer, as well as being one half of the "Bruise Brothers" with then-Red Wing teammate Joey Kocur, during the late 1980s and early 1990s. Probert was also known for his off-ice antics and legal problems.
As one of the most legendary and best enforcers of all time, Probert had many memorable fights and rivalries with opposing players.
Autry "Aut" Erickson [b.1938] - d. Moreno Valley, CA, USA
Born in Lethbridge, Alberta. Died after a long battle with cancer. Played 226 games in the National Hockey League. He played with the Chicago Blackhawks, Boston Bruins, Toronto Maple Leafs, and Oakland Seals. He won the Stanley Cup in 1967 with the Toronto Maple Leafs, played no regular season games, and only three playoff games. Aut Erickson wore Number 11 when He joined the Boston Bruins in 1959-60. The lanky Young Rearguard, known as a steady, dependable Blueliner, would play 2 full seasons in Boston, establishing His Rock solid, robust and rugged minded Defensive presence. Aut Erickson would later see duty as a member of the Chicago Blackhawks Defense Brigade and play in the 1967 Stanley Cup winning Finals while with the Toronto Maple Leafs. Erickson was an original member of the Expansion Oakland Seals. After his playing days were over, he coached the Phoenix Roadrunners. He finished his hockey career as the Assistant General Manager for the New York Islanders.
Norman "Norm" McAtee [b.1921] - d. Troy, OH, USA
The Stratford, Ontario native played 13 games in the National Hockey League with the Boston Bruins.
Norm began his professional hockey career in 1941. However, WWII intervened and he then served as flying officer in the Royal Canadian Air Force. He then resumed playing professional hockey for the following teams: In the American Hockey League, he played for the Indianapolis Capitols, Hershey Bears, Philadelphia Ramblers, Washington Lions, and the Saint Louis Flyers; for the United States League, he played for the Omaha Knights and the Tulsa Oilers. He won two Memorial Cups with Oshawa Generals in 1938-1939 and 1939-1940. He was emblematic of Canadian Jr. Champions and was elected to Oshawa Sports Hall of Fame in 1990. He also won a Canadian Sr. Championship with Sherbrooke, Quebec Saints. He was playing coach with the IHL Troy Bruins from 1951-1954. He worked Dayton Gems games with WKEF as Color Coordinator and served as referee in the IHL.
He was an avid golfer. He had six holes in one and six Senior Championships at Troy Country Club. He also was Super Senior Champion in Dayton including winner of a match and medal championship in the same year. He retired in 1984 as a branch manager with Sherwin-Williams Paint Company after nearly 30 years of service. His wife, Loretto R. (McCauley) McAtee, preceded him in death on February 20, 2010. In addition to his parents and his wife, Norm was preceded in death by one brother, Philip McAtee.
Michael "Mike" Byers [b.1946] - d. Novato, CA, USA
Born in Toronto, Ontario. Died of cancer. He played in the National Hockey League for the Toronto Maple Leafs, Philadelphia Flyers, Los Angeles Kings, and Buffalo Sabres. He also played in the World Hockey Association for the Los Angeles Sharks, New England Whalers, and Cincinnati Stingers.
In his NHL career, Byers played in 166 games, scoring 42 goals and 34 assists. He played in 263 WHA games, scoring 83 goals and adding 74 assists.
Donald "Don" Simmons [b.1931] - d. Ontario, Canada
Born in Port Colborne, Ontario. Nicknamed "Dippy". Was called up by the Boston Bruins fom the Springfield Indians of the AHL in order to replace an ailing Terry Sawchuck who had left the Bruins in mid season of 1957. He then spent 3 seasons partnering with veteran Harry Lumley as an effective netminding duo in Boston. Simmons was the first Goaltender to adopt the face mask after Jacques Plante introduced it in 1959. Later, Simmons would back up Johnny Bower in Toronto in the early 1960s and was instrumental in the Leafs winning the Stanley Cup in 1962. He finished his career playing with the New York Rangers. Don Simmons was the founder of Don Simmons Sports, a successful Ontario franchise specializing in Goalie Equipment.
Roland Rousseau [b.1929] - d. ?
Born in Montreal, Quebec. Played two games in the National Hockey League for the Montreal Canadiens. Rousseau, a defenseman played junior hockey for the Verdun Maple Leafs, Montreal Junior Royals, and the Montreal Nationale. He won the Memorial Cup in 1950 with the Junior Royals. He joined the Montreal Royals of the Quebec Senior Hockey League (Major) in 1951 and played with them for three seasons. In 1952-53 he got a two game callup to the Montreal Canadiens. Rousseau played five more seasons in the minor pros, retiring first in 1958. He returned in 1960 with the senior Granby Vics. He also played for the Montreal Olympics in the 1961-62 Allan Cup Final. Another retirement followed that year. There was one last comeback in 1967-68 for the Vics before retiring for good. His brothers, Robert and Guy, also played hockey.
Edward "Eddie" Litzenberger [b.1932] - d. Toronto, ON, Canada
The Neudorf, Saskatchewan native stood a solid 6 foot 3 and his playing weight was around 195 pounds. He won the Calder Trophy as the outstanding rookie in the National Hockey League in 1955. He has the unusual distinction of having won four consecutive Stanley Cups while playing for two different teams. He was Captain of the 1961 champion Chicago Black Hawks. Litzenberger also won the Stanley Cup in 1962, 1963 and 1964 with the Toronto Maple Leafs. In 1964, his last NHL season, Litzenberger played 19 regular season games and one game in the Cup finals. His name was left off the Stanley Cup, even though he qualified by playing in the finals. Litzenberger then won the Calder Cup in 1965 and 1966 with American Hockey League Rochester Americans. He became the only player in North American hockey history to win six straight pro hockey championships by winning the Stanley Cup in 1961, 1962, 1963 and 1964, and the Calder Cup in 1965 and 1966.
During his NHL career, Litzenberger scored 178 regular season goals and added 238 assists in 618 games. In the playoffs he scored five goals and 13 assists in 40 games
Gaye Stewart [b.1923] - d. Burlington, ON, Canada
Born in Fort William, Ontario, Stewart was called from the minors in 1942 to play in one game of the Stanley Cup Finals, where he helped the Toronto Maple Leafs win the championship. The next season, Stewart won the 1943 Calder Trophy, beating out Maurice 'The Rocket' Richard of the Montreal Canadiens. He became the first player to win the Stanley Cup before the Calder. Danny Grant, Tony Esposito and Ken Dryden have accomplished the feat since then.
After spending two years in the Royal Canadian Navy during World War II, Stewart returned to the NHL in 1945 and had his best season, leading the league with 37 goals - the last time a Leaf led the League in scoring. Stewart won his second Stanley Cup, again with the Maple Leafs, in 1947. Toronto traded Stewart to Chicago early in the 1947-48 season in a deal that brought Max Bentley to the Leafs, and he had three 20-goal seasons for the Black Hawks before finishing his career with stints in Detroit, New York and Montreal. In all, Gaye Stewart played for five of the NHL's Original Six teams, all except the Boston Bruins. He played 502 career NHL games, scoring 185 goals and 159 assists for 344 points.
Leonard "Len" Lunde [b.1936] - d. Edmonton, AB, Canada
Born in Campbell River, Alberta. Died of a heart condition. Overall, Lunde scored 39 goals and 83 assists, and recorded 75 penalty minutes in 321 NHL games. He also scored three goals and two assists in 20 playoff games.
He also played 72 games in the World Hockey Association. He played for the Chicago Black Hawks, Minnesota North Stars, Vancouver Canucks, Edmonton Oilers, and Detroit Red Wings.
Born in Campbell River, British Colubmia, and played junior hockey with the Edmonton Oil Kings of the WCJHL. A prospect of the Detroit Red Wings, he moved up to the Edmonton Flyer of the Western Hockey League, where he scored 39 goals during the 1957-58 season. The following season he debuted in the National Hockey League, playing in 68 games for the Red Wings, and scoring 14 goals and 12 assists.
He was a regular in the Red Wings' lineup though the 1960-61 season, when Detroit reached the Stanley Cup finals, but after spending a majority of the 1961-62 season in the minors was traded to Chicago in June 1962. With the Black Hawks, he notched six goals and 22 assists playing playing on a checking line with Eric Nesterenko and Ron Murphy.
He was chiefly a minor leaguer over the next few seasons. He did play a handful of games for the Hawks, Minnesota North Stars and Vancouver Canucks but saw most of his ice time as an offensive sparkplug in the American Hockey League, the Western Hockey League and the Central Hockey League. His best year was 1964-65 when he scored 50 goals for the AHL's Buffalo Bisons and was voted on to the league's first all-star team. His last full season was 1973-74 with the Edmonton Oilers of the World Hockey Association, where he scored 26 goals and added 22 assists for 48 points.
He also played in Finland with Ilves in 1971-1972 and was head coach of the Finnish national team in World Championships 1973 in Moscow. He had initially retired in 1972 before playing for Edmonton Oilers. Lunde re-retired in 1974, but made a one-game return in 1979, when he played for Mora IK in Sweden.
Peter "Pete" Langelle [b.1917] - d. Winnipeg, MB, Canada
Was of Ukrainian descent and born as "Peter Landiak." In Winnipeg, Manitoba. While playing junior hockey, Pete was placed at centre on a line with two French-Canadian wingers -- Paul Rheault and Lucien Martel. Pete was convinced to change his name so that it sounded more French-Canadian, so it was altered to Langelle. When he did so well in junior, scouts and hockey writers knew him as "Pete Langelle", so he used that name from then on. But he was always proud of his Ukrainian heritage. The fast skating Langelle played 137 games in the National Hockey League with the Toronto Maple Leafs. Joined the Royal Canadian Air Force during World War II. He is one of only three players to score the Stanley Cup-winning goal in his final NHL game (also Voss and Barilko). Langelle won the Turnbull Cup MJHL Championship (1937), Memorial Cup Championship (1937), Stanley Cup Championship (1942) and is an "Honoured Member" of the Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame.
Victor "Vic" Lynn [b. 1925] - d. Saskatoon, SK, Canada
Born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Three-time Stanley Cup winner with the Toronto Maple Leafs who is the only player to play for all of the NHL's Original Six teams. In 1943 Lynn played 1 game for the New York Rangers. In 1944, he fell in with the Detroit Red Wings' organization but failed to impress the team's brass. As such, Lynn was sent to play for the Indianapolis Capitals of the AHL. Several years later, as Lynn had been given the cold shoulder by not only the Wings, but the Montreal Canadiens as well, he landed in Buffalo of the AHL. It was at that time that Toronto Maple Leafs GM Conn Smythe was in search of some fresh talent to spark his sagging club. He got a tip to watch young Lynn as a possible solution to his roster woes. Smythe did just that and ended up bringing the speedster to Toronto.
In Toronto, Lynn joined Howie Meeker and Ted Kennedy to form "The K-L-M Line." The trio clicked for three seasons of successful hockey with Stanley Cup victories in 1947, 1948, and 1949.
On November 16, 1950, Lynn was traded to the Boston Bruins with Bill Ezinicki for Fernie Flaman, Leo Boivin, Ken Smith and Phil Maloney where he played for a short time before heading to the minors with the Cleveland Barons of the AHL. Then, in 1953, he got one more kick at the top with the Chicago Black Hawks where he played his final NHL games near the end of the year.
He was the Head Coach of the Prince Albert Mintos of the SJHL in 1958-59 and of the Saskatoon Quakers of the SSHL in 1962-63.
Murray Armstrong [b.1916] - d. St.Augustine, FL, USA Born in Manor, Saskatchewan. Died from stroke complications. Armstrong played junior hockey with the Regina Pats before debuting with the NHL's Toronto Maple Leafs in the 1937-38 season. Two years later he was involved in one of the biggest trades of the decade. He, Busher Jackson, Buzz Boll, and Doc Romnes were sent to the New York Americans in exchange for Sweeney Schriner. He played three years with New York before World War II, in which he went to play and coach for the Regina Army Caps. Following his army service, Armstrong was signed by Jack Adams in Detroit, but halfway through his third season he was demoted after Adams called up an 18-year old named Gordon Howe. In 270 career NHL games, Armstrong scored 67 goals and 121 assists for 188 points. Following his retirement, Armstrong went on to coach the Regina Pats from 1950-55, and the University of Denver from 1956 to 1977, winning five NCAA Championships, in 1958, 1960, 1961, 1967 and 1968. He is considered one of the top NCAA coaches of all time.
He retired to St. Augustine, Florida, where he remained an avid golfer into his 90s.
His son Rob Armstrong is a former CBS News journalist and the current Retired Professional in Residence at Flagler College.
Harold "Harry" Pidhirny [b.1928] - d. Oshawa, ON, Canada
Born in Toronto, Ontario. of cancer. Played only two games during the 1957-58 NHL season for the Boston Bruins, but was a top scorer in the minors, and juniors. In addition to the Bruins, Pidhirny also played for the Springfield Indians, Syracuse Warriors, San Francisco Seals, Providence Reds, Baltimore Clippers, and Muskegon Mohawks. He was the first AHL player to play more than 1,000 games in the league. Known as a stylish player and good scorer, defensive player, penalty killer and captain. Worked as a car salesman in Scarborough after his hockey career was done. Posthumously inducted into the AHL Hockey Hall of Fame 2011.
Robert "Bob" Hassard [b.1929] - d. Stouffville, ON, Canada
Born in Lloydminister, Saskatchewan. Played junior hockey with the Toronto Marlboros and won the Allan Cup with the team in the 1949-50 season. The same year he broke into the NHL, playing just a single game for the Toronto Maple Leafs. Also a baseball player, the Brooklyn Dodgers offered him $100 a month to play for their farm team. Hassard turned down the offer, figuring he could earn more as a hockey player.
He shifted between the NHL and AHL throughout most of his career, winning a championship with the AHL's Pittsburgh Hornets in 1951-52. In 129 NHL games Hassard recorded 9 goals, 28 assists (37 points), and only 22 penalty minutes. He won the Stanley Cup in 1951 with the Toronto Maple Leafs.