Remembering another Greensboro Great:”Check with Chic’s”, Bill Young/forever Young gone at age 72(Former Greensboro General and the “passing of the puck”)

Posted by Andy Durham on February 2, 2020 at 3:30 pm under Professional | Read the First Comment

The ads/commercials were very effective back in the day…In the newspapers and on radio, the word on those ads was, “Check with Chic’s”….That was the name for Chic’s Appliance and TV Center and they used to be located uptown near the current baseball stadium, then they were located further back down, going away from town on Battleground Avenue, and their last stop/location was on Battleground, where Battleground begins to turn into 220 North…..

Chic’s Appliance and TV, and the word was on those ads/commercials, “Check with Chic’s”…Chic’s was in pretty tough competition with Steele and Vaughn TV and Appliance back in the early days, around the 1960’s/1970’s time frame and I will always remember Chic’s first, since they had that slogan, “Check with Chic’s”

I’m thinking Steele and Vaughn was a Magnavox dealer and they were in the Friendly Shopping Center, and Chic’s was solely on Battleground Avenue…

Either way, Chic’s had a BIG sports tie-in because Chic’s had Bill Young and Bill Young was a former professional hockey player and Bill Young was from Ontario, Canada….Bill Young was the Chic’s Appliance and TV Center’s owner, and we’re thinking Bill bought Chic’s, from Chic, once Bill’s professional hockey playing days were over…

Here is part of the Bill Young professional hockey story:
Bill Young (born July 5, 1947 in St. Catharines, Ontario) is a retired professional ice hockey player who played 142 games in the World Hockey Association. He played with the Los Angeles Sharks, Cleveland Crusaders, and Minnesota Fighting Saints.

Add to those pro hockey teams the fact that Bill Young played for the Greensboro Generals of the Eastern Hockey League from 1967-1970….Bill was on the Generals teams with names like Wally Sprange, Ron Muir, Don Carter, Stu Roberts, Ted Lanyon, Ron Hindson, Ronnie Spong, and Pat Kelly, or at least those are the names that I can remember and I was only 10 years old back, but I was already reading the sports section of the local Greensboro Daily News and the Greensboro Record, and they had the hockey puck and the hockey scoop going on, back then….

Bill Young also played for the Winston-Salem Polar Twins in 1976-1977, in the Southern Hockey League…

Bill Young played 72 games a year for the Greensboro Generals in ’67 and ’68 and he scored a total of 90 goals, over his three seasons with the Generals….During Bill Young’s three seasons with the Greensboro Generals, the Generals finished first in their division, all three of the seasons….

Young left the Generals for the Dallas Black Hawks of the Canadian Hockey League, then he moved on to the Los Angeles Sharks, the Minnesota Fighting Saints and the
Cleveland Crusaders of the World Hockey League…Then Bill Young closed out his 18-year professional hockey career with the Winston-Salem Polar Twins, in 1976-1977…

Click Here to see some of the hockey history on Bill Young and to see his photo from back in his hockey playing days….Bill’s photo looks like something out of the “Slap Shot”, with Paul Newman and the Hanson Brothers….

You can Click and Chic with Chic’s….

Sports stayed strong in the Bill Young family, even after Bill hung up his hockey skates…Bill’s son Billy, became an offensive lineman for the Northeast Guilford Rams and was one the top offensive lineman in the state of North Carolina during his high days with the NEG Rams…Billy Young went to become one of the top offensive linemen on the college football scene, while playing his college football for coach Jerry Moore, at Appalachian State University…

Then Young family came tough and determined…Both Bill Sr. and Billy made their mark/left their stamp on local athletics…

Let’s put out the Ten Gun/10 Bell Salute today for Bill Young, forever Young as he is remembered as being a part of the old Greensboro Generals hockey teams….
(Let’s have one of our selected skaters skate the Caulder Cup around the ice arena one more time today, in memory of Bill Young, and long live that famous sales slogan from the past, “Check with Chic’s”)……..

RIP Bill Young:May 7, 1947-January 29, 2020….

from today’s News and Record online, on the “passing of the puck”, the death of Bill Young…………www.greensboro.com

MAY 7, 1947 – JANUARY 29, 2020 Bill Young, 72, passed away peacefully at Moses Cone Hospital on January 29th surrounded by his family. He was born in St. Catharines, Ontario Canada on May 7th. Funeral services will be Friday, February 7th, 3:00 pm, at Pierce-Jefferson Lambeth Chapel. The family will visit from 2:00 -3:00 prior to the service. Surpassed in death by his parents, Herbie and Betty Young of St. Catharines. Survivors include his loving wife of 49 years, Brenda Young of Browns Summit; mother-in-law, Vivian Shaddock of Browns Summit; daughter, Shannon Foley and her partner, Tim Nicholson of Browns Summit and Shellie Keene and husband Jeremy of Browns Summit; son, Billy Young and wife, Brooke of Mayodan; grandchildren, Jakob Keene of Browns Summit, Jackson Young of Mayodan, and Caroline Johnson and husband, Sam of Kentucky. Bill played professional hockey for 18 years before retiring to Browns Summit. He was the proud owner of Chic’s Appliance for 30 years and involved in youth sports through BSM Association. He enjoyed golf, spending time with his family and spoiling his grandkids. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the National Kidney Foundation. The family would like to thank Northwest Kidney Center for taking such great care of Bill. Family and friends may sign the online guestbook at www.lambethtroxlerfuneralhome.com Pierce-Jefferson Lambeth Chapel 300 W. Wendover Avenue, Greensboro, NC 27408


  • David Roberts said,

    Rest In Peace Bill Young. Watched your outstanding play many times in Charlotte and Greensboro. Condolences to all of his family. David Roberts.