Bill MacFarland

 

 

Seattle Americans 1957-58
Seattle Totems 1958-66
Left Wing – 6’1" – 190 lbs.

Awards/Honors

  • WHL Most Valuable Player:  1962
  • WHL Goal Scoring Leader:  1962
  • WHL First Team All-Star:  1962
  • WHL Second Team All-Star:  1960, 1964, 1966

Championships

  • WHL Championship:  1959

Coaching

  • Seattle Totems:  1967-70
  • Coaching Record:  137-121-33
  • WHL Championship:  1967, 1968

Executive

  • WHL President:  1972-74

 

Statistics

Regular Season Playoffs
GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1957-58 Seattle Americans 70 31 28 59 57 9 2 5 7 9
1958-59 Seattle Totems 68 35 40 75 43 12 6 11 17 4
1959-60 Seattle Totems 70 35 51 86 36 4 2 1 3 0
1960-61 Seattle Totems 70 40 55 95 24 11 6 8 14 10
1961-62 Seattle Totems 70 46 35 81 60 2 1 0 1 0
1962-63 Seattle Totems 66 26 32 58 40 17 6 16 22 34
1963-64 Seattle Totems 69 34 37 71 25
1964-65 Seattle Totems 70 21 31 52 33 7 2 2 4 4
1965-66 Seattle Totems 72 31 35 66 22
1966-67 Seattle Totems 1 0 0 0 0
Seattle Totals 626 299 344 643 340 62 25 43 68 61

Bill "Packy" MacFarland had one of the most distinguished and successful hockey careers of any Seattle player.  He was a rarity during his era – a college educated hockey player.  During his four seasons with the University of Michigan, MacFarland won two NCAA Championships in 1955 and 1956, and was named to the 1955 NCAA Frozen Four All-Tournament Team. 

Drafted by the Detroit Red Wings, MacFarland turned pro with the Edmonton Flyers of the WHL in 1956-57 before being transferred to the Seattle Americans the following season.  He averaged just over 32 goals per season with Seattle, and helped the club to a WHL championship in 1959. 

Always a goal scoring threat, MacFarland teamed up with Rudy Filion and Marc Boileau to make up the top scoring line in the WHL in 1959-60, with the trio combining for 103 goals.  He had his first 40 goal season in 1961-62, and the following year he led the league in goals with 46 and earned the MVP award.  Though known primarily for his offensive skills, Packy was also a policeman on the ice and wasn’t afraid to drop the gloves when necessary.

While playing in Seattle, MacFarland also attended law school and was admitted to the Washington State Bar Association in 1964.  He was actively involved in player’s rights issues, and helped to create the WHL player’s pension fund in the mid-1960’s, the first of it’s kind in minor league sports. 

After retiring as a player in the spring of 1966, he stayed with the Totems as coach and GM from 1966-70.  He led the team to back-to-back WHL championship during his first two seasons as head coach and ending his four-year tenure with a winning record.  He remained a part-owner of the Totems until he became WHL President in 1972.  One of his greatest accomplishments during his time as president was arranging for the two exhibition series played by the WHL against the Russians from 1972-74.

Following the demise of the WHL in 1974, he became one of the owners of the WHA’s Phoenix Roadrunners and later was the president of the WHA from 1975-77.  He was later involved in the unsuccessful attempt to bring an NHL franchise to Seattle in the early 1990s, a team he would have run as general manager.