They called him “Wild Bill” Ezinicki because, while he weighed only 170 pounds, he was one of the most punishing bodycheckers in the game. After playing briefly with the Winnipeg Rangers, Ezinicki moved East and was with the Memorial Cup champion Oshawa Generals in 1943-44. He played a few games with the Toronto Maple Leafs during the next two seasons and then became the team’s first-line right winger on their three consecutive Stanley Cup winners in 1946-47, 1947-48 and 1948-49. Ezinicki was with Toronto one more year and then was traded to Boston where he played for two seasons. He finished his NHL career by dressing for 16 games with the New Rangers in 1954-55. His career stats read 368 games, with 79 goals, and 105 assists for 184 points.
Ezinicki had an insurance policy that paid him five dollars for every suture needed to close a cut. With his aggressive style of play, he did well collecting on the policy. He has always been an avid golfer and became a professional in the Boston area after retiring from hockey. He won all five state golf championships in New England. Bill Ezinicki was inducted into the Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame in 1986.
b. March 11, 1924