Pat Stapleton

Pat Stapleton was one of the smallest men on the ice at 5 feet 7 inches but came up huge defensively for the Blackhawks during a career that spanned from 1965 to 1973. Known for quick reflexes and poke-checking skills that twarted opponents' drives to the goal, Stapleton helped the Hawks reach the Stanley Cup finals in 1971 and 1973, partnering with Bill White on defense. He was a second-team All-Star three times and left the Blackhawks to join the Chicago Cougars in 1973 in the World Hockey Association, where he was a player-coach for two years before the team folded.

( Tribune archive photo / October 27, 2013 )

Pat Stapleton was one of the smallest men on the ice at 5 feet 7 inches but came up huge defensively for the Blackhawks during a career that spanned from 1965 to 1973. Known for quick reflexes and poke-checking skills that twarted opponents' drives to the goal, Stapleton helped the Hawks reach the Stanley Cup finals in 1971 and 1973, partnering with Bill White on defense. He was a second-team All-Star three times and left the Blackhawks to join the Chicago Cougars in 1973 in the World Hockey Association, where he was a player-coach for two years before the team folded.

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