Wally Stanowski, who was born in Winnipeg, played for the 1937-38 St. Boniface Seals, winners of the Memorial Cup as the kings of Canadian junior hockey. He was a defenceman who like to go end to end with the puck, and he was called “the Whirling Dervish.” After one year of minor pro with the Syracuse Stars, Stanowski became a fixture on the Toronto Maple Leafs blue line, where he played seven seasons and was a member of four Stanley Cup winners. In 1940-41, he was an NHL First Team All-Star. His time with the Leafs was interrupted by two years of wartime service during which he played for Winnipeg RCAF.
In 1948, Stanowski was traded to New York Rangers with Elwyn Morris for four Winnipeg products, Cal Gardner, Bill Juzda, René Trudell and Frank Mathers. He played three more seasons with the Rangers. Stanowski loved the game and played with the NHL old-timers into the 1980s. Always a crowd pleaser, he would skate down to the opposition goal after his team had scored and give the goalkeeper a quick lesson on how to position himself, and the way to clear the puck right or left. Wally Stanowski was inducted into the Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame in 1985.
b. April 28, 1919