Bill White (1939 - 2017)

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Bill White, a Canadian-born former NHL player who was well-known for his defensive prowess, died Sunday, May 21, 2017, of unknown causes, according to multiple news sources. White was 77.

Born Aug. 26, 1939, in Toronto, White entered the NHL relatively late, at age 28. His professional career started in 1959, first in minor league hockey. After the 1967 expansion of the NHL, White was picked up by the Los Angeles Kings. He led the Kings in scoring during his first two full years with the team.

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In 1969, the Chicago Black Hawks, as the team was known then, acquired White from the Kings in a trade. He remained with the Hawks for the rest of his career. White and Pat Stapleton, a rushing defensive player for the Black Hawks, dominated on defense during the 1970s.

White averaged nearly 30 assists per season in his five full seasons with the Hawks. During that time, he was named to the NHL's Second All-Star defensive squad in 1972, 1973, and 1974. Between 1969 and 1974, White was named to play in the All-Star Game for six consecutive seasons.

White retired in 1976 after sustaining a neck injury.

His NHL career statistics include 50 goals, 215 assists, and 265 points in 604 games. Although White played just six full seasons with the Black Hawks, he was among the team's top five defensive scorers of all time when he retired.

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