A tribute to the lesser known Professional Hockey Players of the National Hockey League (NHL) & World Hockey Association (WHA) who skated away from the limelight, had short insignificant careers or just plain left us too soon.
Wayne Maki was rated by commentators for committing the most vicious attack in NHL history. In 1969 he was involved in a stick swinging incident that fractured Ted Green's skull. Maki was picked up by Vancouver in the 1970 expansion draft and was becoming one of the franchises first stars when in 1972 he was diagnosed with brain Cancer and died in May of 1974 at the age of 29. His number 11 is unofficially retired by Vancouver.
Gilles Bilodeau had nicknames such as "Bad News" "Tarzan" and "Zombie" Known for his fierce aggressive style of play and fighting ability but he had limited hockey skills. Off the ice he was known to be a gentleman. Unfortunately he passed away in 2008 of undiagnosed pancreatic cancer, he was 53.
Steve Durbano was nicknamed "Mental Case" and was noted for his villainous behavior on the ice and his larger than life persona of it. Was implicated in a criminal scheme to import cocaine into Canada and was sentenced to seven years in prison. Died of liver cancer in 2002 at the age of 50.