Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Billy Warwick
In a very real sense, Bill Warwick was just what the doctor ordered to help restore the pride of Canadian hockey.

Humiliated by the 7-2 loss the Toronto East York Lyndhursts suffered at the hands of the Soviet Union at the 1954 World Championship in Stockholm. The Canadian Amateur Hockey Association was banking heavily on Warwick and his teammates when it selected the 1954 Allan Cup champion Penticton Vees to represent Canada at the 1955 World Championship in West Germany.

A hard-nosed product of the playgrounds of Regina, Saskatchewan, Warwick had been a star in senior hockey and played well in the minor professional ranks, even though he could not hold down a job in the NHL. When he arrived in Penticton in 1952, he brought with him not only an excellent array of skills, but also a mean streak that would eventually put the fear of God into the best players in Europe.

Warwick scored 50 goals in 58 games with the Penticton club in British Columbia's Okanagan Senior Hockey League in the 1953-54 season and led that league in penalty minutes twice, although he stood only 5' 7" and weighed just 155 pounds. When the tournament opened, Warwick was a leader for the Canadian team, which was determined to bring home the gold medal. He scored six goals in a 12-1 romp over the United States. In an all-important match with Czechoslovakia, he brought the Canadian team from behind twice with tying goals in a 5-3 victory. And playing on a line with his brothers, Grant and Dick, he sparked the Vees to a 5-0 victory over the Soviets in the game that decided the gold medal.

Earlier in Bill's career, when he joined brother Grant as a member of the New York Rangers in the 1942-43 season, the Warwicks became the fourth brothers combination in the history of the club. Brother duos Bill and Bun Cook, Neil and Mac Colville and Lynn and Muzz Patrick had previously played in New York.

But Bill played only one game for the Rangers that season before joining the New York Rovers of the Eastern Hockey League and 13 more for the Broadway Blueshirts in the 1943-44 campaign. He had a long career in the minor pros with stops in Hershey, Providence, Philadelphia, Springfield, Fort Worth, Minneapolis, Cleveland and Denver.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1941-42 Regina Abbotts S-SJHL 10 1 3 4 8 5 4 1 5 2
1941-42 Regina Abbotts M-Cup 9 5 4 9 13
1942-43 New York Rangers NHL 1 0 1 1 4
1942-43 New York Rovers EAHL 43 26 29 55 47 10 9 4 13 6
1943-44 New York Rangers NHL 13 3 2 5 12
1943-44 Brooklyn Crescents EAHL 2 0 1 1 0
1943-44 New York Rovers EAHL 27 14 14 28 34 11 7 9 16 12
1944-45 Hershey Bears AHL 40 10 7 17 26 6 0 0 0 0
1944-45 New York Rovers EAHL 1 2 1 3 2
1945-46 Pittsburgh Hornets AHL 8 0 4 4 14
1945-46 Providence Reds AHL 34 14 9 23 20 2 0 0 0 2
1946-47 Providence Reds AHL 18 4 8 12 22
1946-47 Philadelphia Rockets AHL 46 21 19 40 20
1947-48 Springfield Indians AHL 3 0 0 0 2
1947-48 Fort Worth Rangers USHL 46 23 15 38 41 4 1 1 2 2
1948-49 Springfield Indians AHL 14 3 4 7 10
1948-49 Fort Worth Rangers USHL 52 32 27 59 30 2 1 0 1 15
1949-50 Minneapolis Millers USHL 70 35 46 81 47 7 3 0 3 4
1949-50 Cleveland Barons AHL 2 0 3 3 2
1950-51 Denver Falcons USHL 40 13 23 36 20
1951-52 Ottawa Senators QMHL 28 0 3 3 30
1951-52 Halifax St. Mary's MMHL 39 17 24 41 18 9 3 2 5 20
1952-53 Penticton Vees OSHL 38 21 34 55 82 11 3 11 14 35
1952-53 Penticton Vees Al-Cup 18 9 11 20 73
1953-54 Penticton Vees OSHL 58 50 45 95 127 10 8 6 14 28
1953-54 Penticton Vees Al-Cup 24 8 16 24 60
1954-55 Penticton Vees OSHL 54 36 37 73 168
1954-55 Canada WEC-A 8 14 8 22 12
1955-56 Penticton Vees OSHL 49 32 44 76 210
1956-57 Trail Smoke Eaters WIHL 45 27 34 61 166 9 2 5 7 44
1957-58 Kamloops Chiefs OSHL 47 17 28 45 148 8 2 5 7 10
NHL Totals 14 3 3 6 16


Brother of Grant
EAHL Second All-Star Team (1943)
OSHL First All-Star Team (1954, 1955)
WEC-A All-Star Team (1955)
Best Forward at WEC-A (1955)
Traded to Philadelphia (AHL) by Providence (AHL) for Ed Prokop, November 25, 1946. Traded to Cleveland (AHL) by Springfield (AHL) for John Black, September 11, 1949.