On Tuesday, August 26, former Blackhawks defenseman and coach Bill White celebrated his 75th birthday.
The defensive stalwart is remembered by fans as a participant of six All-Star Games and a thrice selected second-team NHL All-Star. But White, along with his defense partner Pat Stapleton, was known by his teammates as a relentless prankster.
From Bob Verdi: "After practice White and Stapleton frequently would huddle along the locker room row of defensemen, whispering while Magnuson strained to get wind of the latest gossip. White and Stapleton dwelled in fiction over fact, but Magnuson invariably took the bait.
“I don’t know how many times we told Maggie he was being traded,” said White, who also tormented his roommate, No. 1 draftee Dan Maloney, during the next fall’s training camp."
Bill White sits on the bench during the game against the Montreal Canadiens in the 1970's at the Montreal Forum in Montreal, Quebec. (Photo by Denis Brodeur/NHLI via Getty Images)
Bill White skates against the Montreal Canadiens in the 1970's at the Montreal Forum in Montreal, Quebec. (Photo by Denis Brodeur/NHLI via Getty Images)