March 05, 2013

Ralph ``Bus`` Wycherley


A hockey player who stands 6`0`` and weighs 185lbs might be pretty average nowadays, but back in the 1940s that made Ralph Wycherley one of the biggest players in hockey. He was so big that they nicknamed him Bus.

Ralph Wycherley was born February 26, 1930 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. He starred as a junior player with the Brandon Elks of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League. He helped the Elks to the 1939 Memorial Cup tournament.

Wycherley made his NHL debut in 1940-41. A free agent signee with the New York Americans, Wycherley played in 26 games in the NHL (4 goals, 9 points) while also spending time in the minors.

In 1941-42 Wycherley played in only 2 NHL games with the Amerks, spending most of his season bouncing around the American Hockey League.

That was the end of Wycherley`s NHL days. He joined the military, serving with the Royal Canadian Air Force. He was based out of Toronto, and was able to play senior hockey for much of the war. He did see some time serving in England, too.

Wycherley returned to pro hockey after the war, playing until 1951 mostly in the low minor leagues.

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