Johnny Gottselig

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Johnny Gottselig
Born June 24, 1906(1906-06-24)
Odessa, Russian Empire
Died May 15, 1986(1986-05-15) (aged 80)
Chicago, Illinois, USA
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight 158 lb (72 kg; 11 st 4 lb)
Position Left Wing
Shot Left
Played for Chicago Black Hawks
Playing career 1928–1945

John Gottselig (24 June 1906 - 15 May 1986) was a professional ice hockey centre that played a combined 16 seasons with the Chicago Black Hawks of the NHL.

Gottselig was only the second player born in the Russian Empire to play in the NHL. During his time with the Black Hawks, he won the Stanley Cup two time, once in 1934 and once in 1938. He was named the captain of the Black Hawks during the time that they won their second Stanley Cup. He retired in 1945 and became the coach of the Black Hawks in 1944. This made him the first European-born head coach in NHL history.[1] He was also the Director of Public Relations for the Black Hawks when they won the Stanley Cup in 1961. His name wasn't engraved on the cup but he was included on the team.

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Preceded by
Chuck Gardiner
Chicago Black Hawks captain
193540
Succeeded by
Earl Seibert
Preceded by
Paul Thompson
Head coach of the Chicago Black Hawks
1944-48
Succeeded by
Charlie Conacher