Eddie began accumulating hockey laurels at a very young age, including the 1947-48 league MVP for the Fort William Bantam Hockey Club. A member of the Fort William Canadiens Junior Club from 1949-53, Eddie was known for his high scoring abilities, including netting 6 goals in one game and claiming the District junior title in his final season with the club.


In 1953, while still a teenager, Eddie began a professional hockey career which would last for close to 20 seasons. With the Cincinnati Mohawks Senior Club of the International Hockey League, he contributed to his team's claiming of the National Senior Championships, becoming the first IHL'er to score 4 goals in one game. The following season saw a QHL Championship with the Shawinigan Falls Cataracts, a Montreal Canadiens farm team, and a 1955-56 selection to the QHL second All-Star team, having scored 56 goals and earning 48 assists in two seasons with the club.


Missing out on the final cut of the Montreal Canadiens to Henri Richard, Eddie moved to the Chicago Blackhawks staying with the team from 1956-58. Joining the AHL with the Buffalo Bisons in 1958-59 his team were Calder Cup finalists. With the Sault Ste. Marie Thunderbirds from 1960-62 he was an EPHL first team All-Star in 1960-61, placing third in the league in points that season. Rejoining the Buffalo Bisons, he claimed a Calder Cup in 1962-63 before being traded to the Los Angeles Blades of the Western Hockey League in 1964. From there it was on to the Providence Reds where he starred for six seasons, often making headlines for his scoring abilities. Voted an AHL All-Star in 1967-68 he netted 47 goals, the most by any player that season in both the NHL and AHL.


Rounding out his career in the 70s, Eddie became a playing coach for the Thunder Bay Twins and the Johnstown Jets of the Eastern Hockey League. Plagued by injuries throughout his career, Eddie wisely retired from the professional ranks in 1972, facing the possibility of a yet another shoulder operation. He went on to star with the Thunder Bay Oldtimers and in 1973 was inducted into the Providence Reds Sports Hall of Fame.


Inducted into the Northwestern Ontario Sports Hall of Fame, September 26, 1998


Eddie Kachur

Inducted: 
1998
Sport:
Hockey
Community:
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Fort William
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