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Born July 29, 1935(1935-07-29),
Toronto, Ontario
Died September 20, 2001 (aged 66),
6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
157 lb (71 kg; 11 st 3 lb)
Position Centre
Shot Left
Pro clubs NHL
Toronto Maple Leafs
Detroit Red Wings
Oakland Seals
Pittsburgh Penguins
Rochester Americans
Pittsburgh Hornets
Career 1955 – 1970

William Edward "Hinky" Harris (July 29, 1935 – 20 September 2001) was a professional ice hockey player in the National Hockey League from 1955 to 1969.

Playing career

Harris began his NHL career for the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1955. He helped Toronto win 3 straight Stanley Cups in 1962, 1963, 1964. He played for Toronto for 10 seasons before he was traded along with Andy Bathgate and Gary Jarrett to the Detroit Red Wings for Larry Jeffrey, Eddie Joyal, Lowell MacDonald, Marcel Pronovost, and Autry Erickson on May 20, 1965. While he was in Toronto, he occasionally spent time playing for the Rochester Americans of the AHL. It wasn't much different after he was traded to the Red Wings. While with the Wings, he actually spent more time in the AHL with the Pittsburgh Hornets than he did in the NHL.

After two seasons in the Detroit organisation, he began playing for the Oakland Seals of the NHL in their inaugural season as part of the 1967 NHL Expansion Draft. He played for just over a season with the Seals before finishing his NHL career with the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 1968–69 NHL season.

Coaching career

Harris served as head coach of the Swedish national ice hockey team in 1971-72 after ending his career as a player in 1970 with the Canadian national team. He then became head coach of the Ottawa Nationals in the World Hockey Association in the league's inaugural 1972–73 season and then the Toronto Toros after the Ottawa franchise relocated there. He was also the coach of the Canadian team of WHA All-Stars at the 1974 Summit Series. Later, he was an assistant coach for the Edmonton Oilers for the 1981–82 NHL season. After that, he became the head coach for the Sudbury Wolves of the OHL for the 1982–83 season and 1983–84 season.

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