Monday, May 22, 2017


Bill White Passes Away at 77.

Bill White, who played a key role in Team Canada's historic victory over the former Soviet Union in the incomparable 1972 Summit Series, is dead at the age of 77.

The lanky six-foot-two defenceman played a solid, steady game for Canada, appearing in seven of the eight contests and finishing first on the team with a plus-7 rating.

White skated 10 seasons in the NHL, starting with the expansion L.A. Kings in 1967 and spending his last seven campaigns as a fixture on the Chicago Blackhawks blueline, often paired with fellow '72 Team Team Canada rearguard, Pat (Whitey) Stapleton.

White, from Toronto, played junior for the Marlboros and turned pro in 1960 in the AHL where he toiled for seven seasons before getting his NHL break with the advent of expansion.

• NHL stats
GP: 604; G: 50; A: 215; PTS: 265; PIM: 495.
(Playoffs: 91 GP, 7-32-39; 76 PMs.)

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