Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Vic Stasiuk
The first six seasons of Vic Stasiuk's professional career are a marked contrast to his final eight. He entered the big leagues with the Chicago Blackhawks in 1949-50. From there, he shuttled between the minor and major leagues with the Hawks and Wings above and the Edmonton Flyers and Indianapolis Capitals below.

It was not until he reached Boston in 1955 that he hit stride as an accomplished two-way player who could score goals and rub his opponents the wrong way. With the arrival of Johnny Bucyk, the "Uke Line" was born. The trio consisted of Stasiuk on the right, Bronco Horvath in the middle and Bucyk over on the left side. For about the next five seasons, the "Ukes" terrorized the opposition while reaching an unprecedented level of scoring. In 1957-58, all three linemates topped the 20-goal plateau?an NHL first.

In 1960, the "Ukes" were disbanded. Stasiuk rounded out his NHL days with the Detroit Red Wings in 1963. From there he played for the Pittsburgh Hornets of the AHL before completing his on-ice career with the Memphis Wings of the CHL in 1966.

Stasiuk then turned to coaching, first in the minors with Memphis, Pittsburgh, New Jersey and Quebec City. Next he took over the helm of the Philadelphia Flyers where he had a hand in developing the roster that went on to claim two Stanley Cup victories during the mid-seventies. Stasiuk, however, had been relieved of his post before success had arrived.

From Philly, he moved on to coach the California Golden Seals and finally, the Vancouver Canucks where he retired at the close of the 1972-73 season.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1946-47 Lethbridge Native Sons AJHL 9 0 6 6 11 1 1 1 2 0
1947-48 Wetaskiwin Canadians EJrHL
1948-49 Kansas City Pla-Mors USHL 66 7 13 20 52 2 0 0 0 0
1949-50 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 17 1 1 2 2
1949-50 Kansas City Pla-Mors USHL 39 10 13 23 27
1950-51 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 20 5 3 8 6
1950-51 Detroit Red Wings NHL 50 3 10 13 12
1951-52 Detroit Red Wings NHL 58 5 9 14 19 7 0 2 2 0
1951-52 Indianapolis Capitols AHL 8 7 1 8 6
1952-53 Detroit Red Wings NHL 3 0 0 0 0
1952-53 Edmonton Flyers WHL 48 37 43 80 71
1953-54 Detroit Red Wings NHL 42 5 2 7 4
1953-54 Edmonton Flyers WHL 21 6 12 18 37 13 2 6 8 23
1954-55 Detroit Red Wings NHL 59 8 11 19 67 11 5 3 8 6
1954-55 Edmonton Flyers WHL 11 7 6 13 32
1955-56 Boston Bruins NHL 59 19 18 37 118
1956-57 Boston Bruins NHL 64 24 16 40 69 10 2 1 3 2
1957-58 Boston Bruins NHL 70 21 35 56 55 12 0 5 5 13
1958-59 Boston Bruins NHL 70 27 33 60 63 7 4 2 6 11
1959-60 Boston Bruins NHL 69 29 39 68 121
1960-61 Boston Bruins NHL 46 5 25 30 35
1960-61 Detroit Red Wings NHL 23 10 13 23 16 11 2 5 7 4
1961-62 Detroit Red Wings NHL 59 15 28 43 45
1962-63 Detroit Red Wings NHL 36 6 11 17 37 11 3 0 3 4
1962-63 Pittsburgh Hornets AHL 22 9 20 29 24
1963-64 Pittsburgh Hornets AHL 42 10 10 20 32 5 0 0 0 4
1964-65 Pittsburgh Hornets AHL 63 14 21 35 58 3 0 0 0 0
1965-66 Memphis Wings CPHL 25 9 3 12 14
NHL Totals 745 183 254 437 669 69 16 18 34 40


WHL First All-Star Team (1953) Played in NHL All-Star Game (1960) Traded to Detroit by Chicago with Bert Olmstead for Steve Black and Lee Fogolin, December 2, 1950. Traded to Boston by Detroit with Terry Sawchuk, Marcel Bonin and Lorne Davis for Ed Sandford, Real Chevrefils, Norm Corcoran, Gilles Boisvert and Warren Godfrey, June 3, 1955. Traded to Detroit by Boston with Leo Labine for Gary Aldcorn, Murray Oliver and Tom McCarthy, January 23, 1961.