Bill Staub May 12, 1941 - June 17, 2023
The Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame is saddened to hear of the passing of Billy Staub. The multi-sport North End athlete claimed a Provincial Midget title with CPAC before joining the MJHL St. Boniface Canadiens in 1958. He then headed south to the University of Denver from 1961 - 1964, twice earning WCHA All-Star status and was named a WCHA All-American for the 1962/63 season. He enjoyed a 10 year minor pro career, in the AHL and IHL, winning an IHL Turner Cup title with Dayton Gems in 1970. After retiring from the pro game in 1976, he'd lace up again for two years with the Intermediate North End Flyers of the Manitoba Assiniboine Hockey League (MAHL) from 1977-1979.
It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Billy at the age of 82.
He leaves behind his brother Raymond and many friends. Billy was predeceased by his parents, William and Louise, sister Irene Collins and brothers Wally and Alvin.
Billy was an accomplished athlete from a young age. He won a Little League championship at age 13 and also excelled at hockey while playing for CPAC. The coach of Weston C. C. wanted Billy to play for him and agreed to provide Billy with transportation and free hockey sticks. The team would go on to win the league championship. As Billy got older rather than try and pursue a career in the NHL and at his father's urging he opted to continue with his education and accept a Hockey scholarship at the University of Denver. In his second season there, Denver finished atop the conference with Billy leading the club in scoring. He was named All-American and an All WCHA First Teamer and helped the Pioneers capture the conference championship. Billy spent 12 years playing in several professional leagues including the EHL, CPHL, AHL, IHL and finishing in the SHL.
Between seasons he would return to Winnipeg and work for the city of Wpg. Parks and Rec. dept. He took a permanent position with them after his hockey career was over. A bachelor for most of his life, Billy enjoyed his time golfing at Pine Ridge Golf Club in summer and playing in an old timer's hockey league in the winter. A regular fixture at the Salisbury House counter, Billy enjoyed his coffee and crossword puzzles. Many thanks to the staff there who kept his coffee cup full and put a smile on his face.
Rest in peace Billy.
As per Billy's wishes cremation has taken place and there will be no service.