Throwback Thursday: Bill Mosienko

By Josh Brink
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His best season came the following year during his 1943-44 rookie campaign when he scored 32 goals and 38 assists totaling 70 points for a team record. The rookie record was not broke until the 1980-81 season by Denis Savard, a substantial 37 years later. This was when he had his first shot as a full-time NHL player pairing on a line with Clint Smith and Doug Bentley. That trifecta also went on to set a NHL record of that era with 219 combined points between them. The following season he did not put up quite the numbers but he did have a good season scoring 28 goals and 26 assists which earned him the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy (NHL’s most gentlemanly player) and named a Second-Team All-Star.

During the 1945-46 season head coach Johnny Gottselig paired Bill Mosienko with the Bentley brothers, Max and Doug who formed the famous “Pony line.” The “Pony line” name has been said to originate from their small size and quick speed that all three of them shared. Mosienko finished sixth in the league scoring for the second consecutive year while Max Bentley led all players in the league in goals. That type of play earned Mosienko once again a selection as a Second-Team All-Star. He went on to accumulate 3 more All-Star selections totaling 5 and played in the first ever NHL All-Star game prior to the 1947-48 season.

I never had a chance to listen or watch Bill Mosienko play but from the studying of his game, he used his small size and speed to create space and zip through people. I would compare him to a modern-day Patrick Kane style, or would it be Patrick Kane is Bill Mosienko style? If you actually had the chance to listen or watch Bill Mosienko please share your comments below and give us your thoughts of him as a Hall of Fame Black Hawk!

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