Eric Nesterenko

ice hockey player from Canada

Eric "Sonja" Nesterenko (October 31, 1933 – June 6, 2022) was a Canadian professional ice hockey centre that played 21 seasons in the National Hockey League.

Eric Nesterenko
Born (1933-10-31)October 31, 1933
Flin Flon, MB, CAN
Died June 6, 2022(2022-06-06) (aged 88)
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 186 lb (84 kg; 13 st 4 lb)
Position Centre
Played for Toronto Maple Leafs
Chicago Black Hawks
Playing career 1951–1974

Wilson played 5 seasons with the Toronto Maple Leafs and 16 seasons with the Chicago Black Hawks. He also played for the Chicago Cougars of the World Hockey Association in 1973–74 as well as coached a year in Switzerland. He won the Stanley Cup with the Black Hawks in the 1960-61 NHL season. He retired from professional hockey in 1971 and since that time he has worked as a disc jockey, a stockbroker, a travel broker, a freelance writer, a university professor and a ski instructor.[1] He also acted in the movie, Youngblood, where he played the father of Rob Lowe's character Dean Youngblood.[2]

Nesterenko died on June 6, 2022 at the age of 88.[3]


  1. "Chicago Blackhawks Legends: Eric Nesterenko". Chicago Blackhawks Legends. Retrieved 2013-03-20.
  2. "Eric Nesterenko - IMDb". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 2013-03-20.
  3. Verdi, Bob (6 June 2022). "Former Blackhawk Eric Nesterenko Dies at 88". Chicago Blackhawks. Retrieved 6 June 2022.

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