Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Wally Stanowski
Known as the "Whirling Dervish" on Leafs' defense, Wally Stanowksi was a marvelous skater and skilled bodychecker who, by his second season in Toronto, in 1940-41, was chosen as a First-Team All-Star along with Boston's Dit Clapper.

During the early 1940s, Stanowski joined a small band of highly mobile rearguards like Flash Hollett and Pat Egan to push the envelope on jumping into the rush. When it came to his game face, Stanowski was a very serious competitor. During the third game of a semi-finals against the Bruins, Leafs' coach Hap Day was getting tired of being harassed by fans. He challenged one particularly aggressive onlooker to meet him after the game for a round of fisticuffs. Day and the fan went at it and so did Stanowski who went along for the fun. The fan was last seen fleeing from the arena.

But when a game wasn't on the line, the imaginative rearguard would pull out his humourous streak during extended delays in game action. To divert restless fans while injured players were removed from the ice, he would perform his best impersonation of a figure skater, spinning and gliding with mellifluous grace.

In 1942, Stanowski's NHL career was interrupted by World War II. He served in the RCAF until part way through the 1944-45 campaign. He then resumed his defensive post with the Leafs where he remained until his trade to the New York Rangers in 1948. By the time his tenure with the Leafs was complete, he'd enjoyed Stanley Cup victories in 1942, 1945, 1947, and 1948.

Stanowski skated for parts of three seasons with the Rangers. In 1951, however, he was demoted to play for the Cincinnati Mohawks of the AHL. He made it through the halfway point of the 1951-52 season, when, one night, he stepped on a small object while gliding towards the end boards. He fell and hit the wood so hard that his leg went right through the boards. His limb was so badly broken that he was forced to retire.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1935-36 East Kildonan Bisons MAHA
1936-37 St. Boniface Seals MJHL 15 7 6 13 4 7 3 1 4 4
1937-38 St. Boniface Seals MJHL 15 8 13 21 7 10 4 7 11 6
1937-38 Winnipeg CPR WSrHL 6 4 3 7 0
1937-38 St. Boniface Seals M-Cup 11 6 4 10 2
1938-39 Syracuse Stars IAHL 54 1 16 17 8 3 0 2 2 0
1939-40 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 27 2 7 9 11 10 1 0 1 2
1939-40 Providence Reds IAHL 8 0 3 3 6
1940-41 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 47 7 14 21 35 7 0 3 3 2
1941-42 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 24 1 7 8 10 13 2 8 10 2
1942-43 Winnipeg RCAF WNDHL 13 5 12 17 20 5 2 1 3 16
1942-43 Winnipeg RCAF Al-Cup 12 6 5 11 4
1943-44 Winnipeg RCAF WNDHL 9 1 3 4 12
1944-45 Winnipeg RCAF WNDHL 3 1 1 2 8
1944-45 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 34 2 9 11 16 13 0 1 1 5
1945-46 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 45 3 10 13 10
1946-47 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 51 3 16 19 12 8 0 0 0 0
1947-48 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 54 2 11 13 12 9 0 2 2 2
1948-49 New York Rangers NHL 60 1 8 9 16
1949-50 New York Rangers NHL 37 1 1 2 10
1950-51 New York Rangers NHL 49 1 5 6 28
1950-51 Cincinnati Mohawks AHL 7 0 0 0 2
1951-52 Cincinnati Mohawks AHL 33 0 11 11 42
NHL Totals 428 23 88 111 160 60 3 14 17 13


NHL First All-Star Team (1941) Played in NHL All-Star Game (1947) Rights traded to Toronto by NY Americans for Jack Shill, October 17, 1937. Traded to NY Rangers by Toronto with Moe Morris for Cal Gardner, Bill Juzda, Rene Trudell and the rights to Frank Mathers, April 26, 1948.
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