PERFECT GRADE AUTOGRAPHS OF THE 1946-47 NHL CHICAGO BLACK HAWKS ON AN EDMONTON CANADIAN ATHLETIC CLUB BANQUET PROGRAM.
This remarkable banquet program was obtained from the family of a former member of the 1946-47 Edmonton Canadians Hockey Club. He obtained the autographs of the 1946-47 Chicago Black Hawks team as they were the guests of honour at the Annual Edmonton Canadians Athletic Club Banquet. Many Hall of Fame inducted players and members are included in this group of 12 autographs.
Signing on the page that had all the players' names and jersey numbers on it, are the following:
- Paul Bibeault (# 1) - Goalie - Played with Chicago for the 1946-47 season only. (His last season). Montreal 1940-43, Toronto 1943-44, Boston 1944-46. First NHL player to wear # 0. NHL All Star 1944. Deceased August 1970. Age 51. Very Rare Autograph
- John Mariucci. (# 2) Deceased March 1987. Age 70. Inducted into Hockey Hall of Fame as a Builder in 1985 and the United States Hockey Hall of Fame in 1973. Very Rare Autograph
- Doug Bentley (# 7) Deceased November 1972. Age 56. Inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame as a Player in 1964. Very Rare Autograph
- Ray Hamilton (# 4) Deceased June 1991. Age 77. Stanley Cup Champion with Toronto Maple Leafs, 1942 and 1945.
- John Gottselig (Coach) Deceased May 1986 Age 80. Played with Chicago Black Hawks from 1928-45. NHL All Star 1937 & 1939.
- Max Bentley (# 5) Deceased January 1984 Age 63. Inducted into Hockey Hall of Fame as a Player in 1966. Hart Trophy as NHL MVP 1946. Lady Byng Trophy 1943. NHL Scoring Leader 1946 and 1947. NHL All Star 1946, 47, 48, 49, 51).
- Bill Mosienko (# 10) Deceased July 1994 Age 72. Inducted into Hockey Hall of Fame as a Player in 1965.
- Red Hamill (# 12) Deceased 1985. Age 68. Boston Bruins 1937-42. Chicago Black Hawks 1942-50.
- Alex Kaleta (# 14) Deceased July 1987 Age 67.
- Pete Horeck (# 18) Deceased August 2009 Age 86
- Tom Fowler (#6) Deceased June 1994 Age 70. Played only 24 games with the Chicago Black Hawks. All in this 1946-47 season.
- Bill Gadsby (# 4) Deceased March 2016 Age 88. His signature is on the Kansas City Plamors page as he hadn't played with the Chicago Black Hawks yet. Inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame as a Player in 1970. He was the leading scorer among NHL Defensemen with 568 points when he retired.
This program has been tucked away for these past 75 years. As a result the signatures have remained in pristine condition. The very back of the program has some adhesive damage from having been glued into a scrap book. A great collection of Chicago Black Hawks signatures.