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Hank Ciesla
Hankciesla
Position Centre
Shoots Left
Height
Weight
6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
190 lb (86 kg)
Teams Chicago Black Hawks
New York Rangers
Nationality Flag of Canada Canadian
Born October 15, 1934(1934-10-15),
St. Catharines, ON, CAN
Died April 22 1976 (aged 41),
Pro Career 1955 – 1965

Henry Edward "Hank" Ciesla (October 15, 1934 in St. Catharines, Ontario – April 22, 1976) is a retired professional ice hockey forward who played 269 games in the National Hockey League. He played for the Chicago Black Hawks and New York Rangers.

He played five seasons with his hometown St. Catharines TeePees in the Ontario Hockey Association Junior "A" and won the Memorial Cup in 1954. In 1954-55 Ciesla won the Eddie Powers Memorial Trophy as the leading scorer and the Red Tilson Trophy as most valuable player.

Ciesla then joined the Chicago Black Hawks in 1955. He played 70 games in each of his two seasons with the 'Hawks, recording a career high in points during his rookie year when he notched 31. In June of 1957 Chicago traded Ciesla to the New York Rangers, and he spent the next two years playing for the Broadway Blueshirts. He found himself out of the NHL by 1959.

Ciesla played the next two years with the American Hockey League's Rochester Americans, then moved on to the Cleveland Barons. In 1962-63 with the Barons, Ciesla led the AHL in goal scoring with 42 and was named to the Second All-Star Team.

Following that campaign he joined the Pittsburgh Hornets for one year.

His final season came the next year, when he joined the Buffalo Bisons in 1964-65.


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