William Alexander Gadsby (August 8, 1927 – March 10, 2016) was a Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman who played for the Chicago Black Hawks, New York Rangers, and Detroit Red Wings in the National Hockey League.
|Hockey Hall of Fame, 1970|
August 8, 1927|
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
March 10, 2016 (aged 88)|
Farmington Hills, Michigan, U.S.
|Height||6 ft 0 in (183 cm)|
|Weight||190 lb (86 kg; 13 st 8 lb)|
Chicago Black Hawks|
New York Rangers
Detroit Red Wings
Bill Gadsby began his outstanding hockey career in Calgary playing for several minor league teams including the Alberta Midget champions in 1942. He played two years for the Edmonton Junior Canadians before joining the Chicago Black Hawks in 1946. He was captain twice during his eight years with them. "Bill" Gadsby contracted polio in 1952 but fought back without interrupting his hockey career.
Gadsby was a First Team All-Star three times and a Second Team All-Star four times. In 1958–59, he set a record for assists by a defenceman, with 46.
Despite a long (20 season) NHL hockey career, Gadsby never won the Stanley Cup. He came closest to winning the Cup in 1964, when the Detroit Red Wings lost a 7-game final series to the Toronto Maple Leafs.
When he retired he was the leading career scorer among defensemen with 568 points.
Gadsby was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1970. In 1998, he was ranked number 99 on The Hockey News' list of the 100 Greatest Hockey Players. He was ranked No. 63 on the all-time list of New York Rangers in the book 100 Ranger Greats (John Wiley & Sons, 2009).
Retirement and deathEdit
Gadsby was an "Honored Member" of the Detroit Red Wings Alumni Association, and was active in its efforts to raise money for children's charities in Metro Detroit.
|1946–47||Chicago Black Hawks||NHL||48||8||10||18||31||—||—||—||—||—|
|1946–47||Kansas City Pla-Mors||USHL||12||2||3||5||8||—||—||—||—||—|
|1947–48||Chicago Black Hawks||NHL||60||6||10||16||66||—||—||—||—||—|
|1948–49||Chicago Black Hawks||NHL||50||3||10||13||85||—||—||—||—||—|
|1949–50||Chicago Black Hawks||NHL||70||10||25||35||138||—||—||—||—||—|
|1950–51||Chicago Black Hawks||NHL||25||3||7||10||32||—||—||—||—||—|
|1951–52||Chicago Black Hawks||NHL||59||7||15||22||87||—||—||—||—||—|
|1952–53||Chicago Black Hawks||NHL||68||2||20||22||84||7||0||1||1||4|
|1953–54||Chicago Black Hawks||NHL||70||12||29||41||108||—||—||—||—||—|
|1954–55||Chicago Black Hawks||NHL||18||3||5||8||17||—||—||—||—||—|
|1954–55||New York Rangers||NHL||52||8||8||16||44||—||—||—||—||—|
|1955–56||New York Rangers||NHL||70||9||42||51||84||5||1||3||4||4|
|1956–57||New York Rangers||NHL||70||4||37||41||72||5||1||2||3||2|
|1957–58||New York Rangers||NHL||65||14||32||46||48||6||0||3||3||4|
|1958–59||New York Rangers||NHL||70||5||46||51||56||—||—||—||—||—|
|1959–60||New York Rangers||NHL||65||9||22||31||60||—||—||—||—||—|
|1960–61||New York Rangers||NHL||65||9||26||35||49||—||—||—||—||—|
|1961–62||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||70||7||30||37||88||—||—||—||—||—|
|1962–63||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||70||4||24||28||116||11||1||4||5||36|
|1963–64||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||64||2||16||18||80||14||0||4||4||22|
|1964–65||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||61||0||12||12||122||7||0||3||3||8|
|1965–66||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||58||5||12||17||72||12||1||3||4||12|
NHL coaching recordEdit
|Team||Year||Regular season||Post season|
|Detroit Red Wings||1968–69||76||33||31||12||78||5th in East||Missed playoffs|
|Detroit Red Wings||1969–70||2||2||0||0||(2)||3rd in East||(resigned)|
- "Bill Gadsby NHL Statistics". Hockey-Reference.com. Retrieved 2016-03-10.
- "William Gadsby". Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and Museum. Retrieved October 26, 2018.
- "Bill Gadsby Biography". legendsofhockey.net. Retrieved 30 January 2013.
- "Bill Gadsby, N.H.L. Star With Scars to Prove It, Dies at 88". The New York Times. Retrieved 2016-03-11.
- Krupa, Gregg (March 10, 2016). "Wings Hall of Famer Bill Gadsby dies at 88". The Detroit News. Retrieved March 10, 2016.
- Biographical information and career statistics from Eliteprospects.com, or Hockey-Reference.com, or Legends of Hockey, or The Internet Hockey Database
| Chicago Black Hawks captain
| Head coach of the Detroit Red Wings