Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Bill Ezinicki
Growing up as a kid in Winnipeg, Bill Ezinicki clearly had hockey enthusiasm and toughness, so he was sent to get further training from a special hockey school run by the great Eddie Shore, whom Ezinicki called "the best hockey teacher I ever saw." He would then go on to a successful junior career in Oshawa, playing for the Generals of the OHA.

He began his NHL career in 1944-45 when he suited up for eight games with the Toronto Maple Leafs where he had a goal and five points. The following season was split between the Pittsburgh Hornets of the AHL and the Leafs, where he had four goals and 12 points in 24 games.

In 1946-47, Ezinicki's role on the team grew tremendously as he played in 60 games with the Leafs, scoring 17 goals and 20 assists for 37 points. He played three more seasons in Toronto, reaching at least the ten-goal and 20-point mark each year. Although he weighed just 170 pounds, he had the reputation of being one of the NHL's best bodycheckers, something that New York Ranger forward Edgar Laprade could have attested to, having been knocked unconscious by one of Ezinicki's thundering hits. There was a league investigation into the hit, but it was deemed legal

In 1950-51 he joined the Boston Bruins, scoring 35 points in 53 games. Ezinicki also was involved in an infamous stick-swinging duel with Detroit's Ted Lindsay in 1951, resulting 19 stitches for Ezinicki and three-game suspensions and $300 fines for both.

Ezinicki made a brief stop with the New York Rangers, playing 16 games with them in 1954-55 before deciding to retire to pursue golfing in the Boston area where he became a full-time pro and was soon earning more money golfing than he had ever made playing hockey


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1941-42 Winnipeg Rangers MJHL 2 3 0 3 0
1942-43 Oshawa Generals OHA-Jr. 16 21 10 31 21 10 13 10 23 26
1942-43 Oshawa Generals M-Cup 11 17 6 23 33
1943-44 Oshawa Generals OHA-Jr. 25 38 25 63 33 11 13 3 16 49
1943-44 Oshawa Generals M-Cup 10 12 11 23 34
1944-45 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 8 1 4 5 17
1944-45 Toronto Army Shamrocks TIHL 1 1 2 3 10
1945-46 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 24 4 8 12 29
1945-46 Pittsburgh Hornets AHL 27 9 12 21 23
1946-47 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 60 17 20 37 93 11 0 2 2 30
1947-48 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 60 11 20 31 97 9 3 1 4 6
1948-49 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 52 13 15 28 145 9 1 4 5 20
1949-50 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 67 10 12 22 144 5 0 0 0 13
1950-51 Pittsburgh Hornets AHL 13 6 3 9 24
1950-51 Boston Bruins NHL 53 16 19 35 119 6 1 1 2 18
1951-52 Boston Bruins NHL 28 5 5 10 47
1951-52 Pittsburgh Hornets AHL 16 4 9 13 53 11 3 1 4 67
1952-53 Pittsburgh Hornets AHL 41 15 13 28 115 7 0 3 3 8
1953-54
1954-55 Ottawa Senators QHL 18 5 6 11 39
1954-55 Vancouver Canucks WHL 15 5 2 7 50
1954-55 New York Rangers NHL 16 2 2 4 22
1955-56
1956-57 Sudbury Wolves NOHA 19 5 4 9 32 12 1 9 10 29
NHL Totals 368 79 105 184 713 40 5 8 13 87


Played in NHL All-Star Game (1947, 1948) Rights traded to Toronto by Buffalo (AHL) for George Boothman and Don Webster, October 13, 1944. Signed as a free agent by Pittsburgh (AHL), October 10, 1950. Traded to Boston by Toronto with Vic Lynn for Fern Flaman, Ken Smith, Phil Maloney and Leo Boivin, November 16, 1950. Traded to Toronto by Boston for cash, January 28, 1952. Traded to Vancouver (WHL) by Toronto with Phil Maloney and Hugh Barlow for $10,000, December 21, 1954. Traded to NY Rangers by Vancouver (WHL) for Jackie McLeod and cash, February 12, 1955. Traded to Providence (AHL) by NY Rangers with cash for Jean-Guy Gendron, May 8, 1955.