|VICTOR "CHICK" ZAMICK|
|DOB: 16th Aug 26 Birthplace: Winnipeg Height: 5ft 7in Weight 12st 8lb|
|Previous Teams: St Catharines Teepees (OHA)|
|"Chick" Zamick arrived as a
last minute replacement in 1947. He went on to make an enormous impact in the UK generally
and Nottingham in particular. He arrived with just £30 and the clothes he stood up in,
both borrowed from his brother Joe. Inside a season and a half he had notched up over 100
goals. This had reached almost 800 by the time he left to coach in Switzerland in 1958. He
was twice voted Nottingham's Sportsman Of The Year, ahead of legendary figures like Tommy
Lawton (Notts County) & Reg Simpson (Nottinghamshire CCC). Only once did he fail to
have a 100 point season and in that he had suffered from a broken arm.
Gordie Callaghan, an opponent with Streatham from 50-53, commented; "He
could have made any team in the NHL as far as I'm concerned." Line
mate, Les Strongman, said of Zamick; "Chick was strictly a smart
player, more like Wayne Gretzky than Gordie Howe. He wasn't the type of
player who picked up the puck in his own end and went through the whole
team. His extent of play was more or less from our blue line into their
end. He wasn't a back-checker at all, but nobody complained about that
with all the goal scoring he did."
In November 2005, at the age of 79, Chick was invited to the NIC to unveil a plaque commemorating his scoring achievements and immense contribution to the sport in Nottingham.
Sadly Chick passed away after a long illness on October 8th 2007 at the age of 81.