“Wild” Willie Trognitz once committed an act so violent he received a lifetime ban from a pro hockey league. But in the 1970s that act of mayhem would earn him a promotion AND a major league hockey contract.
He couldn’t skate or stickhandle well, but these skills weren’t necessary for Willie to succeed. In hockey’s goon era, his mighty and mangled fists were all he needed to achieve his hockey dreams.
But a much more meaningful achievement would come later in life when Willie was honored as a Canadian hero for an extraordinary act of courage.
This is the incredible story of Wild Willie Trognitz – a tale of bloodshed, intimidation and the eventual redemption of one of hockey’s most notorious enforcers.