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Chick Webster
Chick Webster Petawawa Grenades.jpg
Webster with the Petawawa Grenades, circa 1940s
Born (1920-11-03)November 3, 1920
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Died January 18, 2018(2018-01-18) (aged 97)
Mattawa, Ontario, Canada
Height 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Weight 160 lb (73 kg; 11 st 6 lb)
Position Centre
Shot Left
Played for New York Rangers
Playing career 1940–1953

John Robert "Chick" Webster (November 3, 1920 – January 18, 2018) was a professional ice hockey player who played 14 games in the National Hockey League. Prior to this, he was a soldier in World War II.

Biography

Born in Toronto, Ontario, Webster played with the New York Rangers during the 1949-50 season. His brother, Don Webster, also played briefly in the NHL, appearing in 27 games for the Toronto Maple Leafs. During World War II, he was a forward observer and gunner for the 13th Field Regiment of the 3rd Canadian Division. He served in Germany, Holland, England, France and the North Sea.

Webster lived in Richmond Hill, Ontario, during his time with the Stouffville Clippers in 1960s, and afterward lived in Mattawa, Ontario. After Milt Schmidt's death in January 2017, he became the oldest living former NHL player. His wife, Leona, died in 2009 of Alzheimer's disease. He died at home in Mattawa on January 18, 2018, at the age of 97. His nickname, Chick, was given to him in his playing days for his love for chewing Chiclets gum.

Career statistics

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1945–46 Baltimore Clippers EHL 15 7 9 16 5
1946–47 New Haven Ramblers AHL 47 9 15 24 26 3 0 2 2 6
1946–47 New York Rovers EHL 13 7 11 18 36
1947–48 New Haven Ramblers AHL 65 22 37 59 12 4 1 1 2 0
1948–49 New Haven Ramblers AHL 65 16 33 49 24
1949–50 New York Rangers NHL 14 0 0 0 4
1949–50 New Haven Ramblers AHL 38 9 17 26 16
1950–51 Tacoma Rockets PCHL 63 20 28 48 36 6 1 1 2 2
1951–52 Cincinnati Mohawks AHL 49 6 12 18 15 7 3 2 5 0
1952–53 Syracuse Warriors AHL 13 2 2 4 0
1952–53 Vancouver Canucks WHL 5 0 0 0 0
NHL totals 14 0 0 0 4
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