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Bill Quackenbush, D

Position: Defenseman
HT/WT: 5'11", 180 lbs
Handedness: Left
Born: March 2nd, 1922 in Toronto, ON

- Inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1975.
- 9-time top-10 in All-Star D Voting (1, 1, 2, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 9) (this would be two Norrises if the Norris existed)
- 1-time recipient of the Lady Byng Trophy (1949)
- 3 acknowledgements for the First NHL All-Star Team - (1948, 1949, 1951)
- 2 acknowledgements for the Second NHL All-Star Team - (1947, 1953)
- scored 62 goals and 222 assists for 284 points in 774 games, adding 95 penalty minutes.
- scored 2 goals and 19 assists for 21 points in 80 playoff games, adding 8 penalty minutes.

Top 10 Point Finishes: (among defensemen)

2nd (45-46), 2nd (48-49), 3rd (46-47), 3rd (47-48), 3rd (50-51), 4th (49-50), 4th (55-56), 7th (44-45), 8th (54-55), 9th (51-52)

Voting Record:

Hart Voting Record

7th (50-51), 10th (47-48)


Originally Posted by Gordie Howe
"He's one of the best all-around players I've ever played with."
Legends of Hockey

Defenseman Hubert "Bill"Quackenbush excelled at both offensive and defensive aspects of the game. During 14 seasons, he was among the NHL's elite rushing blueliners. More significantly, he was a superior defender in his own end who relied on positioning and discipline rather than physical intimidation for his success. Consequently, his penalty minute totals were remarkably low considering his role on the ice.

...By the late 1940s, he'd evolved into one of hockey's top blueliners. Three times Quackenbush was placed on the NHL's First All-Star Team and twice he was selected to the Second Team.

...Amazingly, he incurred only one major penalty in his entire career, and that was a dubious call based on a quick wrestling match he had with XXXX XXXXXXX. To many observers, he was the prototype of efficiency and finesse in defensive zone coverage. Quackenbush was also considered a master at diffusing any forward's attempt to generate offense from behind his opponent's net.

A month before training camp in 1949, Quackenbush was traded to the Bruins for several players... Quack's rushes with the puck helped endear him to the Beantown supporters who hadn't seen this type of daring play from the blue line since the days of Eddie Shore.

Later in the 1950-51 season, the Bruins' blue line brigade was decimated by injury, leaving Quackenbush as the only experienced player. He was forced to play 55 minutes in one contest, a test of his stamina and experience. He retired in 1956 and was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1976.
Trail of The Stanley Cup, Vol. 3

By the end of 1946 had established himself as one of the most effective rushing defensemen in the game... He was an excellent checker, which he learned to do without tripping or holding... His big attribute was the ability to stop a rush without thumping an opponent into the boards... He could control the puck in much the same way as Doug Harvey, until he spotted one of his forwards in the clear or took off on one of his end-to-end rushes... His assist record indicates how well he performed as a playmaker... This remarkable player had completed six full seasons with only 22 minor penalties and one major... was the bulwark of the Boston defense for the next seven years... he continued his clean defensive play... After fourteen years of play, he had served 95 minutes in penalties or an average of 0.12 per game, a record never approached by a defenseman before or since.
Greatest Hockey Legends

Bill Quackenbush played with the Detroit Red Wings and the Boston Bruins in his 14 year career in the NHL. The 5'11" 180lb blueliner was not only one of the best defensive blueliners, but also, much like Niklas Lidstrom in the modern NHL, was as gentlemanly as he was efficient... Instead of using violence and brute strength, he would use a clean, pure version of defense. He seemingly knew what the opposing team would do before it would happen and he'd break-up the play without having to resort to physically manhandling the player. His positioning was perfect, his defense as elegant as it was disciplined... Quackenbush was an extraordinary thinker. To play NHL defense and to do it without taking many penalties requires an incredibly intelligent level of hockey sense. Bill Quackenbush was elected into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1976.
Hockey's Glory Days: The 1950s And '60s

Bill Quackenbush was not a hard hitter, but he was an effective checker who excelled at breaking up the rush.


He played only 10 games with the Red Wings that year before breaking his wrist. The injury cost him a chance to play on a Stanley Cup winner. It also reduced his shooting power and so he became a playmaking specialist. Quackenbush was one of the best puck-carrying defensemen of his era, and was named to the All-Star Team five times in six years between 1946-47 and 1952-52.
Who's Who in Hockey

Although the temptation to join the brawlers always was quite apparent, Quackenbush resisted the lure and played a pure defence. In doing so, he made a greater impact on the game than some of his more violent teammates.

More than anything, Quackenbush was an extroadinary practitioner of his art. He was named to the National Hockey League's First All-Star Team in 1948, 1949 and 1951 during an era when the NHL was oozing with top-notch blueliners. Bill made the second team twice.

It is a measure of the influence of Quackenbush that some hockey writers have over the years suggested that the NHL name a trophy in his honour to be given the league's best defensive defenseman.

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