Former Blackhawks Bill White Passes

The Blackhawks announced on Sunday that former defenseman Bill White passed away. He was 77.

White was acquired from the Kings with Bryan Campbell and Gerry Desjardins in a trade that sent Denis DeJordy, Gilles Marotte and Jim Stanfield to Los Angeles in February of 1970.

He played with the Hawks until 1975-76 season, skating primarily with Pat Stapleton. White finished his time in Chicago in memorable fashion. When Billy Reay was infamously fired by note (which was slid under his office door), White was named the new head coach of the Blackhawks. Chicago was 16-23-6 with White serving as head coach, losing in the first round of the 1976 playoffs.

Bob Verdi wrote an outstanding remembrance of White on Sunday.

18 thoughts on “Former Blackhawks Bill White Passes

  1. That was 1977 playoffs, what was termed as the “Led Zeppelin” series because they were booked for the Stadium the same time as when the playoffs started and Wirtz expected a 1st round bye.

  2. This is a bummer. Too young for one heck of a smooth-skating, dependable D man. I grew up watching Bill White and he was the definition of steady, dependable play.
    RIP, Bill.

  3. One of the best defensive tandem in Blackhawk history. He was so responsible defensively it allowed Stapleton to do much more offensively. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.

  4. Can picture my OPC Russia-Canada card with Bill White on it. My early days as a Blackhawk fan.
    Remember being ticked at Henri Richard in 1971 but was too young to know the relevance of that series and how long it would be.

  5. Good eye iceman hard to know both had same masks , goalie pads and used northland sticks and were righthanded.

  6. RIP Bill White. He was a solid blue liner for the Hawks back in my much younger days

  7. Everybody will be there one day in the next 75 yrs (unless your <25). Keep the Blackhawks bar there going until we get there.

  8. I have thought more than once ,Bill ,and Duncan have ,.,had,.,..,,. a lot in common .
    What special times Bill lived and participated in . Man we had some great Hawk teams in his era .

    Special Human .

  9. Who wore the #2 b w White and Keith? G. Fox and Weinrich come to mind… who were the others, roughly 30 plus yr gap.

  10. Iceman there is quite a list. Randy Holt 77-8 Dave Logan 79-80 Greg Fox 81-84 mario Doyon 84 Bryan Marchment 92-94 Eric Weinrich 94-99 Brad Brown 99-00 Boris Mironov 00-03 Deron Quint 04 and Keith since 06 and White from 70-76 before him Gilles Marotte 68-70 Ed Van Impe 67 Actually Dougie Mohns wore 2 in 65 and Al Arbour from 59-61.

  11. Ian, thanks for the list! That’s a pretty weak group in b/w, Marchment was crazy, I do remember that.

  12. Bill White was an unselfish, classy, team-oriented player who was a bit underrated in his day. RIP and Godspeed, #2. The 1960’s & 70’s Blackhawks have been gradually passing into the echoes of our memories of old Chicago Stadium: Reggie Flemming, Kenny Wharram, Doug Mohns, Doug Jarrett, Chico Maki, Pit Martin, Maggie, and Billy Reay. Surely I have overlooked some. And Stan, at home within a long goodbye, no longer appears in public. And so it goes. I’m with you, Morrison, keep the Hawks bar going there until we all arrive.

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