Former three-time NHL All-Star Pat Stapleton, known affectionately as “Whitey” for his shock of blond hair, has died after suffering a stroke. He was 79.
Stapleton, who was a mainstay on the Hawks’ defence for eight seasons and captained the team in 1969-70 campaign, passed away on Wednesday night, the National Hockey League team announced Thursday.
“The Chicago Blackhawks organization would like to express their deepest sympathy to the family, friends and former teammates of Pat Stapleton,” the team said in a statement.
“As a former team captain and valued member of the Blackhawks Alumni Association, Stapleton’s contributions to the organization will forever be remembered by the entire Blackhawks community.”
The 5-foot-8 (1.72m) Stapleton spent most of his career in Chicago paired mainly with the rangy 6-foot-2 Bill White. Together they were the defensive foundation of the Blackhawks teams that reached two Stanley Cup finals. White died in 2017.