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Blackhawks Top 100- #20 Bill White

By Keith Schultz

We’re counting the days until the Chicago Blackhawks 2014 Season kicks off. We’re doing a Top 100 list of all time Chicago Blackhawks. It’s a fun way to pass the time and take a stroll down Memory Lane as we head towards opening night on October 9th in Dallas.

Bill White (1969-1976)






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Bill White career path took a long time to get to the NHL and it today’s day and age of young stars making it to the NHL, White would be considered a grandpa when he finally made his debut in the NHL at age 28.  White broke in with the LA Kings, but his career took off after a contract dispute and trade to the Blackhawks.

White spent a long time in the AHL but it turned him into a very solid defenseman and the Hawks were the benefits of his years of apprenticeship. White came in and took the injured Pat Stapleton‘s spot on the blue line in 1969 and then they became one of coaches Billy Reay‘s best defensive tandem for the first half of the 70’s.

White was not spectacular but was steady as a rock making very few mistakes and became one of the most difficult defenseman to score against of the era.  His +/- total is 2nd all-time in Blackhawks history trailing only

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White was a player every team needs on defense not a dazzling, not spectacular, but incredibly solid makes teams great defensively and a winning team which the Blackhawks were during the White era.  White couldn’t win the ultimate prize but he was one of the best defensive defenseman to ever lace up the skates for the Blackhawks.

White was a 6 time All-Star and he’s #20 in our Countdown. What do you think? Too high or Too low for White?

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