Max Quackenbush

Christmas came early for the Quackenbush boys in 1950.

On December 5th, Max Quackenbush (on the left in the picture above) joined the Boston Bruins from the minor leagues for his first taste of NHL action. His NHL dream was extra special as he was joining big brother Bill's team. Bill Quackenbush was an established star who would one day become a Hockey Hall of Famer.

Max, a defenseman like his brother, never came close to a career quite that great. He finished the season in Boston that year, playing in 47 games and chipping in with 4 goals and 10 points. He also played in 6 playoff games but was held pointless.

The Bruins figured the younger brother simply could not make much of an impact at the NHL level and moved him to Chicago. He would only play 14 games with the Hawks, and otherwise toiled in the minor leagues until his retirement in 1955.

Max returned to Toronto following his vagabond career in hockey and he may have followed in his father's footsteps by joining the police force. He also ended up in Halifax later in life.

The Quackenbush family's youngest brother, Ted, was also said to be quite the hockey player, but he lost an eye and dreams of a pro hockey career were dashed. Another brother, Jack, never attempted a career in hockey.


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