Kenneth Malcolm Wharram (July 2, 1933 – January 10, 2017) was a Canadian professional right winger who played 14 seasons in the National Hockey League, all with the Chicago Black Hawks. He won a Stanley Cup in 1961.

Early life and careerEdit

Wharram started his hockey career with his hometown team the North Bay Black Hawks in 1949 before switching the next season to the Galt Black Hawks for whom he played three seasons. He played one match for Galt's parent club the Chicago Blackhawks in 1951 before returning for another season to Galt. He played 29 matches for the Hawks in 1953–54 but spent an equal amount of time with the Quebec Aces in the Quebec Hockey League before joining the American Hockey League's Buffalo Bisons in 1954. Under the training of Bisons' coach Harry Watson he enjoyed four productive seasons, made the AHL's second all star team in 1955, and returned to Chicago to stay in 1958.

The Scooter LineEdit

Wharram still seemed to struggle to find a spot on the Hawks until he was teamed on a line with Stan Mikita. Mikita and Wharram meshed well together and Wharram's production - attributable to his considerable speed and puck-handling skills - soared. He would have seven straight seasons scoring 20 or more goals.

All that was needed was a left winger, and the Hawks got one in veteran Ted Lindsay, then near the end of his career. It would be Lindsay, Mikita and Wharram who formed the original Scooter Line. After Lindsay retired, Ab McDonald assumed the honors, and it would be this version of the Scooter Line in force when the Hawks won the 1961 Stanley Cup. After McDonald was traded to the Boston Bruins, Doug Mohns was placed in the left wing spot.

Wharram's best season was the 1963-64 NHL season. He won the Lady Byng Trophy and was the first team All-Star that season and scored 39 goals,

Sudden retirement and deathEdit

Wharram was attending the Black Hawks' training camp on September 16, 1969 when he noticed he was having chest pains. He was quickly sent to a hospital intensive care unit where he was diagnosed with myocarditis. Wharram's condition worsened to the point where he needed to be trained how to stay awake. The process took weeks, and while Wharram's life was eventually out of danger, the stress of playing hockey made a comeback out of the question. He officially retired in September 1970. Wharram died on January 10, 2017 at age 83.

Career statistics Edit

    Regular Season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1951–52Galt Black HawksOHA4535791140
1951–52Chicago Black HawksNHL10000
1952–53Galt Black HawksOHA543440740
1953–54Quebec AcesQHL29710178
1953–54Chicago Black HawksNHL291788
1954–55Buffalo BisonsAHL63334982151096164
1955–56Buffalo BisonsAHL592763902754262
1955–56Chicago Black HawksNHL30000
1956–57Buffalo BisonsAHL6428497718
1957–58Buffalo BisonsAHL5831265714
1958–59Chicago Black HawksNHL66109191460222
1959–60Chicago Black HawksNHL591411251641120
1960–61Chicago Black HawksNHL64162945121235812
1961–62Chicago Black HawksNHL6214233724123478
1962–63Chicago Black HawksNHL552018381761560
1963–64Chicago Black HawksNHL703932711872246
1964–65Chicago Black HawksNHL6820244427122354
1965–66Chicago Black HawksNHL692617432861014
1966–67Chicago Black HawksNHL703134652162242
1967–68Chicago Black HawksNHL742742691891340
1968–69Chicago Black HawksNHL7630396919
NHL totals 766 252 281 533 222 80 16 27 43 38

See alsoEdit

Preceded by
Dave Keon
Winner of the Lady Byng Trophy
Succeeded by
Bobby Hull

External linksEdit

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