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Bill White !!!

Awards and Achievements:
Summit Series Winner

3 x First Team All-Star (1972, 1973, 1974)

Hart voting – 10th(1968)
Norris voting – 3rd(1972), 3rd(1973), 3rd(1974), 7th(1968), 7th(1971), 9th(1969)
All-Star voting – 3rd(1972), 3rd(1974), 4th(1973), 6th(1971), 7th(1969), 7th(1975), 9th(1968)

NHL Coaches’ Poll:
Best Defensive Defenseman – 1st in 1974
Best Defensive Defenseman – 2nd in 1976

NHL Correspondents Poll:
Best Defensive Defenseman – 1st in 1975

Ultimate Hockey’s “Best Defensive Defenseman” of the 1970s

Scoring Accomplishments:
Points – 4th(1968), 5th(1973), 10th(1969), 12th(1974)

Play-off Points – 4th(1973), 5th(1968), 5th(1969), 6th(1968), 6th(1971)

Originally Posted by Kings Of the Ice
An editorial in The Hockey News said, "He isn't a heavy hitter, but he locks up attackers in his long arms, reaches out and lifts the puck from them and clears it by skating out with strong, sure strokes or by laying a perfect pass on a teammate's stick"... After the Summit Series, one of the Soviet coaches praised the effort of "that bald fellow" on defense. White's strong play didn't go undetected, as he won honours as Canada's co-player of the game for Canada following the seventh game... After Stapleton left, he often teamed effectively with Dick Redmond, who said playing with White was "like going to school for defensemen".
Originally Posted by Chicago Blackhawks: Seventy-Five Years
A superlative defenseman...not flashy but consistently efficient. He fit the Blackhawks' scheme like a glove, and his steadying influence was the perfect match for the team's exuberant spirit... Often described as the league's best defenseman during his career.
Originally Posted by Hockey Chicago Style
Bill White was often described as the league's best defensive defenseman during his career, possessing defensive skills that were nearly flawless. While on the ice, he emphasized keeping things in order in the Hawks end and feeding accurate passes to the forwards... The fact that he wasn't a great goal-scoring defenseman wasn't because he didn't have the ability to be one. Rather, it was because of the strict defensive system that the coach emphasized.
Originally Posted by Fischler's Hockey Encyclopedia
Living with Shore would either teach a player one hell of a lot about hockey, or turn him into a basket case. In White's case, he became a damn good defenseman. He's long and tall and does his job without fanfare. He can lug the puck out with great speed and elan, but his forte is behind the blue line.
Originally Posted by None Against!
Our own Billy White, for example, masters the corners by stealing the puck right off an opponent's stick.... an easygoing, gentle sort of guy who psyches himself up for games just like a rookie. Bill can suddenly turn not so gentle if he's pushed.
Originally Posted by Hockey All-Stars
He notched a career-high 11 goals as a rookie and always moved the puck well to his forwards, but White's primary contribution was on defense.
Originally Posted by Last Minute Of Play
On the ice he looked much taller than he actually was...

In action, White was a mixed bag of contradictions. His compact skating style was a cross between stride and glide that was fluid but never appeared to move his large frame quickly enough, although he was always there, in the road, blocking the way. He used his skates well, smothering loose pucks in the corner, and had unusually large, beefy hands at the end of a reach bordering on illegal. He was inordinately strong and was workmanlike in the corners and in front of the net, where he could wrestle with the biggest centres or drape himself all over the small ones like a construction scaffold. He was a deft passer and had no problem jumping into the rush. At his best weight, 200 pounds, he was spread sparsely over a lean frame, but he packed a punishing check when the opportunity merited, and with his reach, size, and skating style, he seemed to be in several places at once. Understandably he was a coach's dream, and in the realm of defensemen he was simply an outstanding example of how to play the game most efficiently and effectively.
Originally Posted by Hockey Showdown
Bill White was the same way, no big advance notices, just a solid, stand up defenseman who played as well at his position as anyone we had.
Originally Posted by Cold War: The Amazing Canada-Soviet Hockey Series Of 1972
Inserted into the lineup for game 2, Stapleton and White were so effective that they played the rest of the series... Both Savard and White are tall and have long arms; reach will make a difference in checking the Soviet forwards, who often move too fast, or pass too elusively, to bodycheck... (in the closing seconds of game 7) Bill White and Pat Stapleton threw their bodies all over the ice to block Soviet shots in the closing seconds.
Originally Posted by Home Game
Bill White, tall, lean, and cobra-bent, was already in 1972 a veteran... Eschewing the power game, he played with great finesse, using his long arms and stick to break up plays, sending his teammates into open ice with clever, penetrating passes.
Originally Posted by The Thinking Man's Guide To Pro Hockey opposed to a ******* or White, who could protect their goalies by poking the puck away from opponents, and knew how to maneuver them into the boards...
Originally Posted by Legends of Hockey
A relatively late bloomer, Bill White developed into one of the game's steadiest defensemen. Although he didn't play in the NHL until he was 28 years old, he enjoyed an exemplary 11-year career. While playing with the Chicago Black Hawks, he formed one of the top blue line tandems in the league with Pat Stapleton. He was an effective positional rearguard who didn't have to play rough to achieve his goals.


It was in the Windy City with defense partner Pat Stapleton, that White found his niche as a pro. Playing superb defense and making smart offensive plays when called upon, White helped the Black Hawks reach the Stanley Cup finals in 1971 and 1973 and was placed on the NHL Second All-Star Team for three straight years from 1972 to 1974.

A high point in his career came when he played seven of the eight games for Canada in the 1972 Summit Series versus the USSR. White's only goal of the series was a crucial one that tied the score 3-3 in the second period of the eighth and deciding match. It was his textbook defense and ability to thwart opposition attacks without ending up in the penalty box that made White such an important member of the blue line corps.

White remained a pillar on the Chicago defense after his long-time partner Stapleton joined the WHA in 1973…
Originally Posted by Greatest Hockey Legends
Bill White's road to stardom was long, although it wasn't until after the famous Summit Series in 1972 against the Russians that he got the recognition among the fans that he deserved as arguably the league's best defensive defenseman.

White was selected by Canada's coach to bolster the defense and Bill proved to be the calm and collected defenseman needed in such a series. Bill White was an outstanding defenseman with Team Canada 1972, contributing 1 goal and 1 assist in seven games played. Not exactly a flashy player, White's inclusion on the team may have surprised casual hockey fans, but certainly not his teammates.


Who was put out on the ice to help kill off the final seconds? Bill White. In fact it was White who relieved the pressure the Soviets were applying late in the game when he flipped the puck high down the ice. White's clearing attempt was perfect, as it was not far enough for icing. That effectively killed off the rest of the game.

The Russians constantly praised White for his steady and classy play.


White made his NHL debut for Los Angeles as a 28-year old. He played a steady, cautious game with few errors, relying on his lengthy reach and surprisingly mobile skating ability. He was the kind of defensemen most fans and media won't notice during a game, but his coach and teammates appreciate.
Originally Posted by The Complete Handbook Of Pro Hockey: 1972
Was always rated one of the best defensemen in the minor leagues... one of the tallest defensemen in the league and one of the best puckhandlers too...
Originally Posted by Sports Illustrated: October 22, 1973
White's defensive mistakes over a season can be counted on the fingers of Goal-tender Tony Esposito's left hand.
Originally Posted by Billy Reay
He's not spectacular, but he does a solid, workman-like job. He doesn't make too many mistakes. He's not going to dazzle anyone, but he's just the steady, dependable sort of defenseman we need.


He's darn hard to get around because of his height and reach. He is a good, sound player who takes his man into the boards but doesn't get you into trouble with stupid penalties.
Originally Posted by Tommy Ivan
We tried to get him out of Springfield several times.

Most times top-10 in All-Star voting, defensemen, 1968-1975:

Bobby Orr 8
Bill White 7
Brad Park 6
J.C. Tremblay 4
Jim Neilson 4
Pat Stapleton 3
Guy Lapointe 3
Jacques Laperriere 3
(undrafted) 3
(undrafted) 3
Ted Green 2
Serge Savard 2
Tim Horton 2
Ted Harris 2
Denis Potvin 2
Borje Salming 2
(5 undrafted) 2

Highest career adjusted +/- per game, defensemen, 1968-2009

MacINNIS, AL 0.24
(undrafted) 0.23
(undrafted) 0.23
(undrafted) 0.21
(undrafted) 0.21
(undrafted) 0.18
(undrafted) 0.18

Highest Percentage of Team's PPGA on-ice for, career, post-expansion, defensemen:

WHITE, BILL 604 65%
ORR, BOBBY 596 63%
BOURQUE, RAY 1612 58%
SAVARD, SERGE 1038 58%
HAJT, BILL 854 57%
BECK, BARRY 615 57%

NHL Penalty Killing Stats, 1971-1976 (White's Time With Chicago)

Philadelphia 377 2357 84.01
Chicago 274 1612 83.00
Boston 310 1820 82.97
Montreal 276 1620 82.96
Buffalo 296 1691 82.50
NY Rangers 291 1596 81.77
Los Angeles 285 1537 81.46
Atlanta 193 1036 81.37
NY Islanders 236 1240 80.97
Detroit 355 1805 80.33
Pittsburgh 330 1647 79.96
St. Louis 396 1855 78.65
Toronto 359 1679 78.62
California 334 1505 77.81
Minnesota 377 1676 77.51
Vancouver 412 1734 76.24
Kansas City 133 528 74.81
Washington 158 580 72.76

Chicago Blackhawks Top-12 Penalty Killers, 1971-1976

Bill White 394 151 0.38
(undrafted) 207 58 0.28
Pat Stapleton 229 59 0.26
(undrafted) 380 94 0.25
(undrafted) 324 71 0.22
(undrafted) 305 61 0.20
(undrafted) 261 50 0.19
(undrafted) 446 81 0.18
Stan Mikita 408 64 0.16
(undrafted) 302 44 0.15
(undrafted) 347 47 0.14
(undrafted) 463 40 0.09

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