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Saying Goodbye to a Hockey Great: Long-Time NHL Forward Dies at 93

Vic Stasiuk, 93, passed away on Monday, according to the Boston Bruins, which is some very sad news in the hockey world.

Stasiuk started his NHL career with the Chicago Blackhawks in the 1949–50 season, and he remained with them for a portion of the following year until being dealt to the Detroit Red Wings.

Stasiuk was traded to the Boston Bruins after spending portions of five seasons there. There, he joined Johnny Bucyk and Bronco Horvath to form “The Uke line.” Due to the fact that all three players were of Ukrainian descent, they were known as “The Uke line.”

The native of Lethbridge played for the Bruins for portions of six seasons, and in 1961, he was traded back to Detroit, where he would play his final few NHL seasons.

Stasiuk had 437 points in 745 NHL games throughout the course of his career (183 goals, 254 assists), and he added 34 more in 69 Stanley Cup Playoff contests. With the Detroit Red Wings, he won the Stanley Cup twice, in 1952 and 1955.

After retiring, Stasiuk shifted his attention to coaching, and from 1969 to 1973, he served as the head coach of the Philadelphia Flyers, California Golden Seals, and Vancouver Canucks in the NHL.

During this trying time, our thoughts are with the Stasiuk family.

Igor Burdetskiy

Igor Burdetskiy

Founder, Editor-in-Chief, & CEO at Hooked on Hockey Magazine
I grew up playing Ball and Roller Hockey day and night somewhat religiously throughout elementary and middle school. The two don't compare though when I lace up the skates and hit the ice. I live and breathe hockey beyond the perspective of "it's just a game" and I will gladly talk hockey for hours with anyone. Hockey is more than just a lifestyle, it's a culture of passionate people who make memories every time the puck is dropped. Hockey has not only helped me get through some of the hardest times in life but has created some of the best memories to date. Want to talk hockey with me? Shoot me an email: and let's talk some hockey!
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