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Memorable Manitobans: William “Bill” Juzda (1920-2008)


Born on 29 October 1920, he was called “The Beast” because of his crushing bodychecks as a hockey player. His career began in 1938 when he played with the Elmwood Junior Maple Leafs then, the next year, with the Kenora Thistles, with whom he went to the Memorial Cup. The following season he played with the Philadelphia Ramblers and was recruited by the NHL’s New York Rangers for the playoffs. He remained with the Rangers for the 1941-42 season before enlisting in the military, where he served as a pilot during the Second World War. He played for the RCAF hockey team. He was drafted by the Rangers in 1946-47 and, the next season, was traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs. He played in Toronto from 1948 to 1952, was named an All-Star twice, and was on two Stanley Cup-winning teams. After his hockey career he coached amateur hockey in Winnipeg and was a train engineer for the Canadian Pacific Railway. In 1992, he was inducted into the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame. He died in February 2008.


“Manitobans’ Legacy a Better Province,” Winnipeg Free Press, 4 January 2009, page B2.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 31 December 2016

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