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William Gadsby*

  • Categories: Athlete,  Hockey,  In Memory
  • City or Town: Calgary
  • Year Inducted: 1986
  • Gender: Male
  • First name: William
  • Last Name: Gadsby*
  • Death: March 10, 2016
  • In Memory Category: Hockey Athlete


Bill Gadsby began his outstanding hockey career in Calgary playing for several minor league teams including the Alberta Midget champions in 1942. He played two years for the Edmonton Junior Canadians before joining the Chicago Black Hawks in 1946. He was captain twice during his eight years with them. "Bill" Gadsby contracted polio in 1952 but fought back without interrupting his hockey career. In 1954, he was traded to the New York Rangers where he played for seven years. His last five seasons were spent playing for the Detroit Red Wings. "Bill" Gadsby was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1970.