William "Chick" Chalmers
2017 Toledo Hockey Hall of Fame Inductee
Forward - Toledo Blades [1963-1968, 1969-1970]
Forward - Toledo Hornets [1970-1971]
January 24, 1934 – December 7, 1994
Archival video footage courtesy of WGTE Public Media
The Stratford, Ontario, native arrived in Toledo in 1963 when the Omaha Knights relocated to the Glass City to become the Blades. No one thought Chick would play hockey in Toledo. In-between playing with Omaha and Toledo Chalmers was diagnosed with cancer. But when it came time for training camp who shows up but Chick Chalmers.
A 15-year International Hockey League veteran who spent a total of seven seasons with the Blades and Hornets, Chalmers totaled 562 points – the second highest amount in Toledo hockey history. He was named the second-greatest center in the history of the International Hockey League. Chalmers ranks third overall in the history of the IHL with 843 career assists and fifth all-time in points with 1,235.
Chalmers appeared in one National Hockey League game with the New York Rangers. During that game, in 1953-54 season, Chick was tripped and went head-first into the boards, fracturing his skull.
A member of the Blades’ Turner Cup championship teams in 1964 and 1967, he won the James Gatschene Memorial Trophy as the IHL’s most valuable player during Toledo’s 1964-65 season.