Left-winger Johnny Gottselig played nearly 600 NHL games for the Chicago Black Hawks between 1928-29 and 1945-46. He was a reliable scorer who could also check and provide leadership in the dressing room.
Born in Odessa, Russia, Gottselig came to Canada in his youth and was a junior star with the Regina Pats of the SJHL. He then moved on to the senior Regina Victorias, the Regina Capitals of the Prairie League and the AHA's Winnipeg Maroons. In 1928-29 he was a solid role player as an NHL rookie with the Hawks. The next year he was teamed with Tom Cook and Mush March and recorded his first of two straight 20-goal seasons.
During the 1930s Gottselig was a mainstay in the Chicago line up and was a big part of Stanley Cup wins in 1934 and 1938. During the 1938 post-season he led all scorers with eight points in ten games. The next year he scored 39 points and was named to the NHL second all-star team. After toiling briefly with the AHA's Kansas City Americans in the early 40s, the veteran forward rejoined the Hawks for parts of three seasons. He retired early in the 1944-45 season and replaced Paul Thompson as head coached. Gottselig guided the club to a 62-105-20 record and one playoff appearance before he was replaced by Charlie Conacher 28 games into the 1947-48 season.