February 17, 2016

Gord Wilson

Gord Wilson is part of a very exclusive group of players in NHL history.

Wilson never played a single game in the NHL's regular season. But he did get into not one but two games in the Stanley Cup playoffs.

The Boston Bruins called upon Wilson's services in the 1955 playoffs, as star center Milt Schmidt was unable to play. Wilson ended up playing on a line with Fleming Mackell and Ed Sandford, but failed to register a point.

Wilson was a junior star from Port Arthur (now known as Thunder Bay, Ontario), but he was always in the shadows of his famous father. Gord "Phat" Wilson was an absolute legend in Port Arthur, winning three Allan Cups as Canada's amateur champions. How good was he? Despite never turning pro and a lengthy career as a strict amateur, he was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame as a player in 1962. He dedicated his whole life to hockey and other in the Port Arthur area.

His son - known in Port Arthur as "Junior" - was a pretty good player himself. Described as lanky and crafty, he went on to solid minor league career, most notably with the AHL's Hershey Bears and WHL's Victoria Cougars. A serious knee injury hobbled him late in his career.

Wilson returned home to the Lakehead area and continued playing and coach hockey at a variety of amateur and you levels for many years.

Wilson, an excellent baseball player as well, also dedicated his life to coaching Little League Baseball in the area as well.

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