Wayne Chernecki

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Wayne Chernecki
Born(1949-08-12)August 12, 1949
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Died February 11, 2013(2013-02-11) (aged 63)
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 190 lb (86 kg; 13 st 8 lb)
Position Centre
Shot Left
Played for Springfield Kings
Providence Reds
NHL Draft 45th overall, 1969
Detroit Red Wings
Playing career 19711975

Wayne Chernecki (August 12, 1949—February 11, 2013) was a Canadian ice hockey player who played professionally from 1971 to 1975.

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Career

Chernecki played junior hockey with the Winnipeg Jets of the Western Canada Hockey League. In his final season with the Jets, he was one of the league's most prolific scorers, amassing 123 points in only 65 games. [1]

The Detroit Red Wings selected Chernecki in the 4th round (#45) of the 1969 NHL Amateur Draft; however he choose to remain with the Jets and pursue a business degree. After graduating from university in 1971, Chernecki turned pro and went on to play 263 regular season games in the American Hockey League with the Springfield Kings and Providence Reds. A serious knee injury forced him to retire in 1975. [1]

Post career

After retiring as a player, Chernecki coached in the Manitoba Junior Hockey League, leading the St. James Canadians to consecutive league titles. At the same time, he built a successful career as a businessman, becoming an executive in David Thomson's business empire and serving on the board of directors for True North Sports & Entertainment. [2]

Personal

Chernecki died of lung cancer on February 11, 2013 at the age of 63. Chernecki was posthumously inducted into the Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame. [3]

Career statistics

Regular season Playoffs
Season TeamLeagueGP G A Pts PIM GPGAPtsPIM
1967–68 Winnipeg Jets WCHL 32242
1968–69 Winnipeg JetsWCHL5335306525
1969–70 Winnipeg JetsWCHL3014102412
1970–71 Winnipeg JetsWCHL65507312356
1971–72 Springfield Kings AHL 672436601951125
1972–73 Springfield KingsAHL5722244619
1973–74 Springfield KingsAHL6021396030
1973–74 Providence Reds AHL113250131346
1974–75 Providence RedsAHL68816242620009
1977–78 Elmwood Millionaires CSHL101
AHL totals26378117195942024620

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