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September 12, 2016

Steve Witiuk

On November 26th, 1951 the injury plagued Chicago Black Hawks called up Pat Lundy and Steve Witiuk from their St. Louis Flyers farm team as reinforcements.

Lundy was a pretty easy choice as he was, at the time, the second highest scoring player in the entire American Hockey League. He had also played almost the entire previous NHL season in Chicago.

Witiuk, a pint sized right winger with good speed, was a bit more of a question mark. He had just recovered from a leg injury that had plagued him early in his first professional season.

Lundy never did get a chance to play with the Black Hawks in this 1951-52 season. He was sent back to the farm without ever seeing the ice. In fact, he never played another NHL game again.

Winnipeg born Witiuk, on the other hand, stuck with the Hawks for remainder of the season. He would get into 33 games, scoring three goals and eleven points. He often played on a line with Fred Hucul and Sid Finney.

That would prove to be Witiuk's only season in the NHL. He would end up in the Western Hockey League the next season and enjoyed a lengthy career playing all over the west - most notably in Calgary, Winnipeg, Victoria and Spokane, Washington.

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