Mosienko became a hockey legend in 1952 when he recorded the fastest hat-trick in NHL history —a record that stands to this day. This biography tells the story of a Manitoba legend, from his childhood spent skating on the rinks of Winnipeg’s North End in the 1920s and 30s to his illustrious fourteen-year NHL career to his return to Winnipeg to play with the Winnipeg Warriors to his post-retirement career as the owner of the iconic Mosienko Bowling Lanes.
Through exclusive interviews with Mosienko’s friends, family, and teammates, Dilello paints a vivid picture of Mosienko, a man known for his sportsmanship and community spirit as well as his incredible hockey talent.
“Mosienko’s Hall of Fame career has been largely forgotten. Thankfully, prolific author and noted historian Ty Dilello has gone a long ways to rectifying that long-standing oversight with his latest work, which tells the revealing story of not only the incredible night when the man nicknamed ‘Wee Willie’ recorded a hat trick in just 21 seconds–still the fastest trio of goals ever scored in an NHL game–but of a lifetime spent in hockey, as a player, a coach, an organizer, and a builder.” – Todd Denault, Author of Jacques Plante: The Man Who Changed the Face of Hockey
“Dilello’s latest book introduces all of us to the man behind the record—his modest hockey beginnings, his unusual path to the NHL, his outstanding career and his post-hockey life in a bowling alley.” – Kevin Shea, Author of Barilko: Without A Trace
“Ty Dilello knows the history of Manitoba hockey players, so who better to tell us Mosienko’s story? With access to old interviews (and his own new interviews with several old men!), Dilello explains how a child of immigrants growing up during the Great Depression became not just a Hockey Hall of Fame player but a great ambassador for the game in his hometown of Winnipeg.” – Eric Zweig, Author of Art Ross: The Hockey Legend Who Built The Bruins
Praise for Golden Boys
“Some hockey books can seem tired or forced. Dilello’s enthusiasm for the research comes through time and again as you flip the pages of this book.” – Hockey Book Reviews