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Bill Ezinicki
Position Right Wing
Shoots Right
5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
170 lb (77 kg)
Teams Toronto Maple Leafs
Boston Bruins
New York Rangers
Nationality Flag of Canada Canadian
Born March 11, 1924(1924-03-11),
Winnipeg, MB, CAN
Died October 11 2012 (aged 88),
Gloucester, MA, USA
Pro Career 1944 – 1956

William "Wild Bill" Ezinicki (born 11 March 1924; died October 11, 2012) was a Canadian professional ice hockey forward for the Toronto Maple Leafs (1944-1950), the Boston Bruins (1950-1952), and the New York Rangers (1954-1955) of the NHL. Ezinicki was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He was best known as a gritty hard-hitting player.

Playing Career

He played junior hockey for the Winnipeg Rangers and the Oshawa Generals. Ezinicki won the Memorial Cup with the Generals in 1944.

Ezinicki won three Stanley Cups with the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1947, 1948 and 1949.

He played in 368 NHL games, scoring 79 goals and 105 assists.

Ezinicki became a professional golfer after retiring from hockey. He was head professional at The International in Bolton, Massachusetts. He won several tournaments in the New England region including four state opens in 1960. He was elected to the New England section of the PGA Hall of Fame in 1997.

Ezinicki, a long-time resident of Bolton, Massachusetts, died at the age of 88 on October 11, 2012.[1]

Achievements and Awards

Golf tournament Wins (10)

this list may be incomplete

  • 1956 New England PGA Championship
  • 1958 New England PGA Championship, Rhode Island Open, New Hampshire Open
  • 1959 Rhode Island Open
  • 1960 Massachusetts Open,Rhode Island Open, New Hampshire Open, Maine Open
  • 1964 Massachusetts Open


External Links


  1. "William Ezinicki, 88, former Bruins player, PGA golf champion", October 15, 2012. Retrieved on October 16, 2012. 
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