Long-time NHL forward passes away at the age of 93

Published May 8, 2023 at 4:15 PM

Some sad news to report on in the hockey world on Monday as the Boston Bruins have announced that Vic Stasiuk has passed away at the age of 93.

Stasiuk began his career in the National Hockey League with Chicago during the 1949-50 season and spent part of the next campaign with them before being traded to the Detroit Red Wings.

After parts of five seasons in Detroit, Stasiuk was dealt to the Boston Bruins where he would go on to form 'The Uke line' with Johnny Bucyk and Bronco Horvath. They were dubbed 'The Uke line' because all three players had Ukrainian heritage.

The Lethbridge native played parts of six seasons with the Bruins and in 1961, he was traded back to Detroit, where he would spent the final few seasons of his NHL career.

In 745 career games in the NHL, Stasiuk had 437 points (183 goals, 254 assists) and added 34 points in 69 Stanley Cup Playoff games. He won the Stanley Cup twice in 1952 and 1955 with the Detroit Red Wings.

Upon retiring, Stasiuk turned his focus towards coaching and even spent time in the NHL as a head coach with the Philadelphia Flyers, California Golden Seals and Vancouver Canucks between 1969 and 1973.

Our thoughts are with the Stasiuk family at this difficult time.

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