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Juha Widing

Juha Markku "Whitey" Widing

Playing careerEdit

Widing was a professional ice hockey centre who was the third Finnish-born player to play in the National Hockey League. Widing, although born in Finland, grew up in Sweden and both his parents were Swedish. In 1964, along with his family, he moved to Brandon, Manitoba, Canada, to play junior hockey for the Brandon Wheat Kings. He played three seasons there, improving his point total each season from 38 to 114 and then finally to 144 in only a 50-game schedule. Widing joined the New York Rangers of the NHL in 1969–70, however after only forty-four games he was traded to the Los Angeles Kings along with Réal Lemieux for Ted Irvine. It was in LA where he developed into a legitimate scoring threat, garnering at least 55 points in five consecutive seasons. It was also in L.A. that Kings' owner Jack Kent Cooke gave him the nickname "Whitey" and instructed his announcers to pronounce his last name as "why-ding" as opposed to the real pronunciation of "vee-ding." He often played on a line with Bob Berry and Mike Corrigan known as "the hot line."

However by 1976–77 his productivity had dropped considerably, and he was traded to the Cleveland Barons. In 1977–78, Widing played for the Edmonton Oilers of the World Hockey Association, scoring 42 points in his final professional season. After the season, he was traded to the Indianapolis Racers for Bill Goldsworthy, but he was already finished playing hockey. After retiring, Widing settled in British Columbia. He died on December 30, 1984 from a heart attack, aged 37.

Career StatisticsEdit

    Regular Season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1963-64 Goteborgs AIS Sweden 18 12
1964-65 Brandon Wheat Kings SJHL 45 23 15 38 26 9 3 5 8 6
1965-66 Brandon Wheat Kings SJHL 54 62 54 116 35 11 8 14 22 4
1966-67 Brandon Wheat Kings MJHL 43 70 74 144 64 9 5 10 15 6
Port Arthur Marrs Memorial Cup -- -- -- -- -- 5 2 2 4 4
1967-68 Omaha Knights CPHL 62 27 33 60 19 -- -- -- -- --
1968-69 Omaha Knights CHL 72 41 39 80 58 7 2 4 6 0
1969-70 New York Rangers NHL 44 7 7 14 10 -- -- -- -- --
Los Angeles Kings NHL 4 0 2 2 2 -- -- -- -- --
1970-71 Los Angeles Kings NHL 78 25 40 65 24 -- -- -- -- --
1971-72 Los Angeles Kings NHL 78 27 28 55 26 -- -- -- -- --
1972-73 Los Angeles Kings NHL 77 16 54 70 30 -- -- -- -- --
1973-74 Los Angeles Kings NHL 71 27 30 57 26 5 1 0 1 2
1974-75 Los Angeles Kings NHL 80 26 34 60 46 3 0 2 2 0
1975-76 Los Angeles Kings NHL 67 7 15 22 26 -- -- -- -- --
1976-77 Sweden Canada Cup 5 1 1 2 0 -- -- -- -- --
Los Angeles Kings NHL 47 3 8 11 8 -- -- -- -- --
Cleveland Barons NHL 29 6 8 14 10 -- -- -- -- --
1977-78 Edmonton Oilers WHA 71 18 24 42 8 5 0 1 1 0
WHA Totals 71 18 24 42 8 5 0 1 1 0
NHL Totals 575 144 226 370 208 8 1 2 3 2

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