Cup champion Ezinicki, 88, passes away

Posted on 11th October 2012 by hockeymedia in The Want List,Tribute

“Wild” Bill Ezinicki, a Stanley Cup, Calder Cup and Memorial Cup champion, has passed away. The former big-league winger was 88 years old.

Ezinicki won junior hockey’s Memorial Cup in 1944 with the Oshawa Gerenals. Shortly thereafter, he was wearing the Toronto Maple Leafs’ blue and white, winning three-consecutive Stanley Cup championships in the NHL from 1947 to 1949. He scored the series-winning goal in the 1949 Stanley Cup final.

In 1952 with the American League’s Pittsburgh Hornets, Ezinicki won the Calder Cup. He was just the fifth player to win Memorial, Stanley and Calder Cup titles.

After playing with the Maple Leafs, Ezinicki played in the NHL for the Boston Bruins and New York Rangers. He also played briefly with the Vancouver Canucks (the old Western League) and Ottawa Senators (the old Québec League).

After his NHL career, Ezinicki was a golf professional in Massachusetts.

Born on 11 March 1924 in Winnipeg, MB, he passed away on 11 October 2012 in Gloucester, MA, USA.

In the 1940s, Ezinicki was featured on Bee Hive and Quaker Oats photographs. He was also featured on a Kellogg’s Pep button in the late 1940s. He was not featured in any of the Parkhurst or Topps hockey card sets from the early 1950s.

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