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Victor Stasiuk

Biography

Vic Stasiuk had a total of eighteen years in professional hockey as a player and coach.

He entered the NHL with the Chicago Blackhawks in 1949/50 and went up and down between the minors and the NHL. He was on the 1952 and 1955 Detroit Red Wings Stanley Cup championship teams.

In 1955/56, he was traded to the Boston Bruins and in 1957, he was put on a line with his former Edmonton Flyer teammates Bronco Horvath and Johnny Bucyk. The three became an offensive threat and were nicknamed the "Uke line" because of their common Ukrainian heritage. Vic scored 20 or more goals four seasons in a row. He ended his NHL playing career with the Detroit Red Wings in 1963 with a total of 183 goals and 254 assists (437 points) in 745 games.

Vic Stasiuk started coaching; first in the minors with Pittsburgh, Memphis, New Jersey, Quebec City and St. Louis. He then coached the NHL
Philadelphia Flyers where he had a hand in developing the roster that went on to win two Stanley Cups. After leaving Philadelphia, he coached the California Golden Seals and then the Vancouver Canucks.

Vic retired from coaching at the end of the 1972/73 season. He embodied a hard work ethic and was an example of how to play the game with great sportsmanship on and off the ice.