Former New York Rangers player ‘Chick’ Webster, 95, hoping to renew acquaintances with former Willowdale teammates

News Jul 26, 2016 by Fannie Sunshine North York Mirror

Rob Webster was looking at old photos with his father when the elder gentleman began to wonder about his former hockey teammates.

John ‘Chick’ Webster, 95, who had played with the New York Rangers during the 1949-50 season before joining several seniors leagues post-retirement, was curious about the whereabouts of the boys he played with on the Willowdale Rangers in the 1960s.

“He talked about two or three names,” Rob recalled of a recent visit to his dad’s home in Mattawa, not too far from his own residence in North Bay. “He was wondering where they all ended up. Some of the younger ones would be in their 70s.”

Before becoming a Ranger, Chick played three seasons in the Junior Ontario Hockey Association (OHA) with the Toronto Native Sons from 1937 to 1940, and played his first season as a professional in 1940-41 with the Baltimore Orioles of the Eastern Hockey League (EHL). He was drafted overseas during the Second World War, missing the 1943-45 seasons.

Upon his release, Chick played for several minor league teams until he found himself skating for the New York Rangers for the 1949-50 season, earning two minor penalties but no points.

A broken wrist sustained against Detroit sent him back to the minors, playing for teams including the Cincinnati Mohawks and Syracuse Warriors, before shifting to senior hockey with the Stouffville Clippers and the Willowdale Rangers for a couple seasons in the early 1960s while living in Richmond Hill. He moved with his family to Mattawa in 1970, where he has remained.

Chick, whose late younger brother, Don, played for the Toronto Maple Leafs during the 1943-44 season, later played with an old-timer’s Legion team in Mattawa until he was 75.

“I thought it would be nice for him,” Rob said of tracking down his father’s old Willowdale teammates. “He’s getting to an age where he’s starting to think about these things.”

Chick, who said he hasn’t kept in touch with anyone from the Willowdale team but a few from Stouffville, said he’d like to know what became of them.

“It would be nice,” he said. “They would be up in their 70s or 80s now.”

Former New York Rangers player ‘Chick’ Webster, 95, hoping to renew acquaintances with former Willowdale teammates

Brother Don Webster suited up one season for Toronto Maple Leafs

News Jul 26, 2016 by Fannie Sunshine North York Mirror

Rob Webster was looking at old photos with his father when the elder gentleman began to wonder about his former hockey teammates.

John ‘Chick’ Webster, 95, who had played with the New York Rangers during the 1949-50 season before joining several seniors leagues post-retirement, was curious about the whereabouts of the boys he played with on the Willowdale Rangers in the 1960s.

“He talked about two or three names,” Rob recalled of a recent visit to his dad’s home in Mattawa, not too far from his own residence in North Bay. “He was wondering where they all ended up. Some of the younger ones would be in their 70s.”

Before becoming a Ranger, Chick played three seasons in the Junior Ontario Hockey Association (OHA) with the Toronto Native Sons from 1937 to 1940, and played his first season as a professional in 1940-41 with the Baltimore Orioles of the Eastern Hockey League (EHL). He was drafted overseas during the Second World War, missing the 1943-45 seasons.

Upon his release, Chick played for several minor league teams until he found himself skating for the New York Rangers for the 1949-50 season, earning two minor penalties but no points.

A broken wrist sustained against Detroit sent him back to the minors, playing for teams including the Cincinnati Mohawks and Syracuse Warriors, before shifting to senior hockey with the Stouffville Clippers and the Willowdale Rangers for a couple seasons in the early 1960s while living in Richmond Hill. He moved with his family to Mattawa in 1970, where he has remained.

Chick, whose late younger brother, Don, played for the Toronto Maple Leafs during the 1943-44 season, later played with an old-timer’s Legion team in Mattawa until he was 75.

“I thought it would be nice for him,” Rob said of tracking down his father’s old Willowdale teammates. “He’s getting to an age where he’s starting to think about these things.”

Chick, who said he hasn’t kept in touch with anyone from the Willowdale team but a few from Stouffville, said he’d like to know what became of them.

“It would be nice,” he said. “They would be up in their 70s or 80s now.”

Former New York Rangers player ‘Chick’ Webster, 95, hoping to renew acquaintances with former Willowdale teammates

Brother Don Webster suited up one season for Toronto Maple Leafs

News Jul 26, 2016 by Fannie Sunshine North York Mirror

Rob Webster was looking at old photos with his father when the elder gentleman began to wonder about his former hockey teammates.

John ‘Chick’ Webster, 95, who had played with the New York Rangers during the 1949-50 season before joining several seniors leagues post-retirement, was curious about the whereabouts of the boys he played with on the Willowdale Rangers in the 1960s.

“He talked about two or three names,” Rob recalled of a recent visit to his dad’s home in Mattawa, not too far from his own residence in North Bay. “He was wondering where they all ended up. Some of the younger ones would be in their 70s.”

Before becoming a Ranger, Chick played three seasons in the Junior Ontario Hockey Association (OHA) with the Toronto Native Sons from 1937 to 1940, and played his first season as a professional in 1940-41 with the Baltimore Orioles of the Eastern Hockey League (EHL). He was drafted overseas during the Second World War, missing the 1943-45 seasons.

Upon his release, Chick played for several minor league teams until he found himself skating for the New York Rangers for the 1949-50 season, earning two minor penalties but no points.

A broken wrist sustained against Detroit sent him back to the minors, playing for teams including the Cincinnati Mohawks and Syracuse Warriors, before shifting to senior hockey with the Stouffville Clippers and the Willowdale Rangers for a couple seasons in the early 1960s while living in Richmond Hill. He moved with his family to Mattawa in 1970, where he has remained.

Chick, whose late younger brother, Don, played for the Toronto Maple Leafs during the 1943-44 season, later played with an old-timer’s Legion team in Mattawa until he was 75.

“I thought it would be nice for him,” Rob said of tracking down his father’s old Willowdale teammates. “He’s getting to an age where he’s starting to think about these things.”

Chick, who said he hasn’t kept in touch with anyone from the Willowdale team but a few from Stouffville, said he’d like to know what became of them.

“It would be nice,” he said. “They would be up in their 70s or 80s now.”