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Born in Toronto on January 11th, 1917, Robert “Red” Hamill was about as tough as they come. He was sort of an early day Wendel Clark-type of hockey player.

The 5’11″ 180lb left winger broke into professional hockey with the Boston Bruins organization in the late 1930s. Although he had a splendid reputation in the minor leagues, he just could not seem to make the permanent jump to the NHL. He played sporadically for the Bruins, impressing them with his willingness to play physically but disappointing them in his continued inability to score with any consistency. He did help the Bruins win the Stanley Cup in 1939, although he went scoreless in 12 post-season games.

In 1942 the Bruins sold him to Chicago (although Montreal was said to be seriously interested as well) where he flourished into a solid NHL regular. He finished the year strong, with 18 goals in 34 games with the Hawks. Only Lynn Patrick of the New York Rangers would score more goals than Hamill in the NHL that season.

Hamill went on to record a career high 28 goals that first full season with the Hawks in 1942-43, although his reputation was clearly being made for his hard hitting style. Still, it was impressive that only teammate Doug Bentley (33 goals)and Montreal’s Joe Benoit (30 goals) scored more than Hamill.

Hamill missed the next two NHL seasons as he left the team for two years of service in World War II. He later returned five more seasons as the Hawks spirited spark plug.

Hamill would turn to coaching in the junior leagues before tragedy struck him hard. Despite four operations to try to fix mysteriously poor circulation in his left leg, doctors were forced to amputate. Undeterred Hamill learned to skate well enough on an artificial leg so that he coach kids hockey. But doctors would have to take off his right leg for the same reasons some time later.

Red Hamill died in Sudbury, Ontario in January 1985.

Hamill scored 128 goals and 94 assists for 222 points in 419 NHL games. He picked up only 160 penalty minutes, which suggests even though he had a zest for the rugged part of the game, he was very clean. Still, this is a surprisngly low total when newspaper archive searches turn up repeated stories of him in wild battles.

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Derek, 4:02 PM

Art Ross discovered Hamill when Hamill was playing for the Copper Cliff Redmen. He signed Hamill, Shewchuck, and Pat McReavy all on the same day from that team. He failed to impress with Boston. Boston’s 3rd line was often as good as their opponents 3rd line – especially in Chicago, and with the Americans. Players like Art Chapman and Hamill thrived when they got more ice time. When you have the Krauts, Cowley and a Conacher that is 5 of the 9 spots taken already.

Another great article Joe – sad to hear of his fate.

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This is what a full 60 minutes of Chicago Blackhawks hockey looks like.

Entertaining, exhilarating, aggressive, chippy and even a bit nerve-wracking. All adjectives that describe the action that took place on the United Center ice Monday night between the Hawks and the Edmonton Oilers.

While the end result had Chicago handing Edmonton their first loss of the year, the most important thing is how they accomplished the feat. It makes you regain faith in the squad.
Physicality Returns

One of the stats that catches the eye is hits. The Chicago Blackhawks out-hit the Oilers 36-31. While there were quite a few examples throughout the contest, the hit Andrew Shaw laid on Joel Persson stands out as exhibit A as to why GM Stan Bowman, who has a penchant for reacquiring players, traded for Shaw this offseason:

While Shaw certainly won’t overtake Blackhawks all-time penalty minute leader Keith Magnuson, he didn’t earn the nickname “The Mutt” by running away from confrontation. Even as overall fighting in the NHL continues to fade, the scrappy, physical approach that Andrew Shaw brings to the team is an absolute necessity if the ‘Hawks are to return to postseason play come spring of 2020.
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Corey Crawford looked sharp as he stopped 27 of 28 shots from the Oilers. Crawford allowed only 1 goal to a previously undefeated Oilers team. This was easily his best performance of the young season.

While shaky in his first 2 showings, Crawford did not allow any soft goals nor was he rattled at any time during the contest. While having Robin Lehner as your #2 netminder is a tremendous luxury, the more Crawford can duplicate efforts like the one displayed against Edmonton on Monday, the better off the team will be.
The Bottom-6

Fair or not, because he was traded for highly skilled blue-liner Henri Jokiharju, Alex Nylander is likely going to be under a microscope this season. On this night, however, a great forecheck by Nylander led to his second goal of the young campaign; a 5-hole beauty:

Brandon Saad who had plenty of bad “puck luck” last season is starting to play like the guy Stan Bowman was hoping to get in return, when he moved him for Artemi Panarin. Saad was rewarded for his efforts against the Oilers with an empty netter in the waning seconds of the game:

Saad has been one of the most consistent Blackhawks’ players through 4 games. He has earned the right to see his ice time increase to 17-20 minutes per game with a potential promotion to the top 6 coming, if his strong play continues. If the Chicago Blackhawks continue to play like this on a consistent basis, we won’t have much to worry about.

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Former NHL star Jeremy Roenick said when he was a young player with the Chicago Blackhawks “(Coach) Mike Keenan grabbed me around the throat on the bench.”

“But I love Mike Keenan,” Roenick told USA TODAY Sports. “Mike Keenan did not scar me one bit. I owe my career to Mike Keenan.”

Keenan told USA TODAY he doesn’t recall grabbing Roenick by the throat, “but I probably grabbed him by the jersey a few times.”

NHL coaches have been under the microscope in recent weeks amid allegations of abuse. Former Calgary Flames coach Bill Peters recently resigned over allegations of racial slurs and abuse, and other players have come out publicly to discuss conduct against them.

NHL owners are expected to discuss the possibility of a strict coaches’ code of conduct at the Board of Governors meeting in Pebble Beach, California, either Monday or Tuesday.

Roenick, added, “These are different times” and coaches, like everyone else in society, need to be held accountable for what they do or say to players. He said behavior rules need to be put into writing.

“I’m an old-school guy. I appreciate trying to motivate someone with a firm hand,” said Roenick, who played from 1988-2009. “But the world is so polarized today that we have to make sure we don’t verbally attack people and have to start taking people’s feelings into account. We have to do our part to make the world a little bit better place.”

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Legendary hockey reporter and analyst Stan Fischler writes a weekly scrapbook for NHL.com. Fischler, known as “The Hockey Maven,” will share his knowledge, humor and insight with readers each Wednesday.

This week’s edition features a 1968 interview with Hockey Hall of Famer Cyclone Taylor, one of the game’s greatest stars from the pre-NHL era. Taylor, then in his mid-80s and living in Vancouver, was the oldest living member of the Hall when he sat down with Stan to share stories from his hockey life.

Here are some highlights of that conversation from more than a half-century ago.

What were your earliest hockey memories?

We played on outdoor rinks all over Listowel, Ontario, and I came into my own in 1902 when I was 19. We played against teams from nearby towns — Palmerston, Harrison, Mount Forest and Mitchell. People started to notice my style and my speed. In 1904 I was invited to Portage La Prairie to play in the Manitoba Senior Amateur League. That was a big thing for me at the time.

What were your biggest challenges at first?

The Manitoba league was one of the strongest on the continent. We played against the famous Rat Portage club and some tough teams from Winnipeg. At first, I played left wing, but I switched to a position they don’t have anymore called a “rover.” In those days, hockey was a seven-man game — a goalie, two defensemen, three forwards and the rover. You don’t hear about the seventh man anymore.

What was the role of the “rover”?

As the extra man, I was out there to either help the defense or move up and work with the forwards. I roved around the ice, going wherever I was needed most. For that reason alone, I had to be one of the best men on the ice. And I was so fast that after one game in Manitoba, a writer nicknamed me “Whirlwind.” It turned out to be the first of several nicknames I’d get because of my speed, but that one wasn’t the best nickname.

How did you get the nickname “Cyclone”?

When I turned pro in the International League (in 1905-06), a reporter decided to give me another nickname. This time it was “Whirlwind” and it stayed that way until I signed with Ottawa (in 1907), and in one particular game against the Montreal Wanderers my coach put me on defense; I never was sure why. Anyhow, we beat Montreal, 8-5, and I scored five goals on individual rushes. Malcolm Bryce, the sports editor of the Ottawa Free Press, was very impressed by my game. He wrote that, “Starting today, based on his performance last night, I’m rechristening him ‘Cyclone’ Taylor.”

What was it like being a hockey star in those days?

By 1910 I was receiving $5,260, the most ever paid to a hockey player up to that time. And if I’d been smart, I could just as easily have gotten $10,000 because I was in demand. I had built a reputation for myself and had the catchy nickname, “Cyclone,” which I liked best of all the nicknames. Funny thing; when we played an exhibition game in Manhattan at St. Nicholas Arena, somebody in the New York press called me “The Jim Jeffries of the Ice” after the famous boxer of that era. That made me feel great since I was young and very impressionable, but “Cyclone” sounded better than “Jim Jeffries of the Ice.”

What are some of the differences between hockey then and now (in 1968)?

A skater like me would play an entire 60 minutes without a substitute, and it didn’t seem a bit tiring. One reason was our motivation. We were terrifically dedicated and there was a tendency to magnify the importance of every game. Another difference was the way we shot the puck, as we didn’t have anything like today’s slap shot. Ours was a wrist shot, which could be pretty damaging and 10 times more accurate than the slap shot. Also, we’d hold onto the puck until we could give it to a teammate or until the puck was taken away from us.

Why were you so famous for your skating?

A lot was written about my speed and how I once even scored a goal skating backwards — but that never happened. My speed gave me an advantage since 90 percent of the game then was skating and two percent stickhandling. The rest was courage and condition. It was a rough game and I played 18 years of it — 60 minutes a game — with the pros and I never lost a tooth or got a scar. It was all because of my skating. Once I passed an opponent, I didn’t have to worry about him anymore.

Did you get any endorsements?

Most players supplemented their hockey income with side jobs or endorsements. The first offer I ever had to endorse anything was from an underwear company. Unfortunately, my wife — she was a hockey fan — didn’t want me parading around half-naked so I dropped the idea. That was the only offer I ever got.

What were some of the secrets to your hockey longevity?

I played for Vancouver from the opening season in 1911 until 1922. Our arena held about 10,500 fans, and we’d draw the biggest crowds in Canada. But as I reached my thirties, I became conscious of the time when I’d have to quit. I played until I was 36; that was pretty old for those days since we were still playing 60 minutes a game. The trick was taking care of the body and remembering that diet was most important. I figured that proper dieting was half of training.

Who are some of your favorite players today (in 1968)?

The most appealing NHL player for me is Bobby Hull, who could have played 60 minutes a game if they let him. I also like Gordie Howe, who’s a great player, and “Rocket” Richard, who had a style all his own. In my day, the favorites were Ernie Johnson, Frank Nighbor and Hughie Lehman. They’d have been stars in the NHL. But, by the same token, today’s greats would have been stars when I was out there!

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Hall of Fame Professional Hockey Player. A native of Ottawa, Ontario, he played the position of Defenseman for the Ottawa Senators from 1915 to 1929 and 1933 to 1934, the Montreal Maroons from 1928 to 1932, and the Chicago Blackhawks from 1931 to 1932. He served as Head Coach of the Montreal Maroons from 1930 to 1931, the Ottawa Senators from 1933 to 1934, the St. Louis Eagles from 1934 to 1935, and the Boston Bruins from 1949 to 1950. During his playing tenure with the Senators the team won three Stanley Cup Championships. He was inducted into the National Hockey League Hall of Fame in 1960. His brothers Frank Boucher, Bobby Boucher, and Billy Boucher all played in the National Hockey League.

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It’s National Hat Day – no better time to celebrate hat tricks in Chicago Blackhawks history.

There have been a combined total of 283 of them (263 in regular season, 20 in playoffs) since the franchise started up in the 1926-27 season.

95 different players have had at least one – including Gary Suter whose only hat trick with the Blackhawks came April 24, 1994 – in a playoff game.

The first hat trick in Blackhawks history was by George Hay on Feb. 19, 1927 – the 32nd game in franchise history. It was his only hat trick with the Blackhawks.

The Golden Jet, Bobby Hull had the most with 30 (28 in regular season, two in playoffs). He also holds the franchise record with four hat tricks in a single season, which he pulled off twice – 1959-60 as well as 1965-66. Stan Mikita is next with 16 career hat tricks (all in regular season).

On January 31, 1963, both Bobby Hull AND Stan Mikita (the first of Stan’s career) recorded a Hat Trick… one of seven times (six regular season, one in playoffs) that multiple Blackhawks tallied a hat trick in the same game. A pair of Blackhawks brothers – Max and Doug Bentley – each had a hat trick on Feb. 26, 1947. The last time a pair of Blackhawks scored three goals each was March 9, 2003 – Steve Sullivan and Eric Daze.

Of the 276 games in Blackhawks history in which a Blackhawks player had a hat trick, the Blackhawks have won 233, lost 30 and tied 13, including 7-0 when multiple Blackhawks accomplish the feat.

The youngest player in Blackhawks history to record a hat trick is Jeremy Roenick (19 years, 340 days) on Dec. 23, 1989. The oldest player in Blackhawks history to record a hat trick was Kenny Wharram (35 years, 267 days) on March 26, 1969.

Patrick Sharp is the only Blackhawks player to collect a hat trick on his birthday (Dec. 27, 2013).

Two Blackhawks have had a hat trick in a season opener

Bobby Hull Oct. 23, 1965

Brandon Saad Oct. 5, 2017

Three times a Blackhawks player had a hat trick in consecutive games (including once in the playoffs)

Doug Bentley March 28-30, 1944 (playoffs)

Stan Mikita Dec. 4-5, 1965

Brian Noonan Dec. 27-29, 1991 (he scored four in the second game)

Two Blackhawks had a hat trick in the Stanley Cup Final

Pit Martin May 10, 1973 vs. Canadiens

Dirk Graham June 1, 1992 vs. Penguins

Improbably, the Blackhawks lost both of these games.

Denis Savard has a franchise record three playoff hat tricks.

Bill Kendall’s hat trick on Dec. 17, 1933, were the first three goals of his NHL career.

Many Blackhawks have recorded a Hat Trick plus one (a four-goal game) but only one has had five. Grant Mulvey on Feb. 3, 1982.

How many hats have been thrown on the ice as a result of Blackhawks hat tricks? That we’ll never know, but hats off to all of the Blackhawks who, by scoring three or more goals in a game, have made this hat trick celebration necessary.

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Legendary hockey reporter and analyst Stan Fischler writes a weekly scrapbook for NHL.com. Fischler, known as “The Hockey Maven,” shares his knowledge, humor and insight with readers each Wednesday.

Today, he looks at one of the biggest trades in NHL history, a nine-player exchange between the Detroit Red Wings and Chicago Black Hawks in July 1950.

Nine-player trades aren’t unheard of in the NHL. But they are rare.

That helps to explain why the trade between the Detroit Red Wings and Chicago Black Hawks (it was two words back then) on July 13, 1950, was extraordinary on so many counts.

For one thing, Red Wings general manager Jack Adams broke up part of the core of his 1950 Stanley Cup champions. He did it position by position, from goalie out, to consummate the trade with his Chicago counterpart, Bill Tobin.

Out went future Hall of Fame goalie Harry Lumley, who had taken Detroit to the Cup Final four times since 1945 and won it in 1950.

Out went future Hall of Fame defenseman Jack Stewart, one of the hardest hitters in NHL history.

Out went forward Pete Babando, who had scored the Cup-winning goal in double overtime of Game 7 less than three months earlier.

Out went two promising young players — defenseman Al Dewsbury, who played 11 regular-season games and four more in the playoffs for the 1949-50 Red Wings, and forward Don Morrison, who had skated for Detroit in 1947-48 and 1948-49 before spending the 1949-50 season in the minors.

There was plenty of head-shaking in Detroit because the return didn’t seem all that impressive at the time.

In exchange for Lumley, who went on to become a two-time NHL First-Team All-Star (though not in Chicago), Detroit received goalie Jim Henry, who was having trouble hanging on to an NHL job (remember, there were only six of these at the time).

To replace the intimidating Stewart, the Red Wings acquired Bob Goldham, a defenseman who previously had failed to fulfill his potential with the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Black Hawks.

In the biography, “Bob Goldham — Outside the Goal Crease,” by Jim Amodeo, Goldham revealed how stunned he was when he was told he’d been traded.

“The pressure came from me being the guy who was to replace Jack Stewart,” he said. “He had been one of the premier NHL defensemen, and I was meant to take his place.”

Adams’ other two forward acquisitions were a mixed bag. Gaye Stewart, who won the Calder Trophy, voted to the NHL’s top rookie, with the Maple Leafs in 1942-43 and led the League with 37 goals in 1945-46, was 27 and fading as a scorer; he played one season with Detroit before being sent to the New York Rangers. However, Metro Prystai was a 22-year-old whose star was ascending; he wound up providing valuable secondary scoring behind the “Production Line” of Ted Lindsay, Sid Abel and Gordie Howe.

Apart from the fact that nine-player deals just didn’t happen, the timing was also astonishing: It came without notice while most NHL personnel were more occupied with vacations than hockey.

“The year 1950 will long be remembered as the year when the usual summer hockey silence was broken with a BANG,” Blackhawks beat writer Bud Booth wrote in The Hockey News.

Once renowned for his startling deals, Adams was being questioned by the critics. What was he thinking? That was the main theme among the media. Had Jack simply lost his touch? At first it appeared that Chicago had won the trade.

“With Lumley in the nets and Stewart on defense at least a third of each game, the Hawks may finally have a combination capable of lifting them out of the cellar and into the playoffs,” Booth wrote.

But history would show that Adams knew exactly what he was doing and would come out on top

For starters, the acquisition of Henry was small potatoes. He spent the 1950-51 season in the minors before being traded to the Boston Bruins, where he became a full-time NHL starter.

What Adams knew was that Lumley, as good as he was, had become disposable because of a hot prospect on Detroit’s farm team in Indianapolis. Terry Sawchuk, a kid from Winnipeg, easily made the Red Wings out of training camp in the fall of 1950 and went on to win the Calder Trophy after leading the NHL with 44 victories in his rookie season. In contrast, Lumley had a forgettable season with Chicago; he allowed 245 goals and finished with a 3.90 goals-against average for a last-place team.

Adams also came out ahead on defense. He realized that Stewart had an ailing back that soon would end his career. Meanwhile, Goldham suddenly emerged as one of the NHL’s outstanding defensemen, a near Hall of Famer. Many historians credit him with developing and perfecting the shot-blocking technique so prevalent in today’s game.

“Bob was the first guy to start blocking shots,” Hall of Fame goalie Glenn Hall said, “and he made it into an art form.”

Goldham fit in perfectly.

“My first year with Detroit was memorable in many respects,” Goldham recalled. “From that moment on, my greatest time in hockey began.”

Likewise, Prystai was a valuable contributor on the Red Wings’ Stanley Cup championship teams in 1952 and 1954.

As for Chicago, Tobin got quantity — but quality was another story. Neither Lumley nor Stewart made an impact, and Babando’s scoring magic disappeared.

Then there was the curious case of Morrison, regarded as a diamond in the rough. He eventually became rich — but not with the Black Hawks. He and hockey-playing brother Rod Morrison quit the game two years later and became very successful house-builders in Omaha, Nebraska.

The most useful piece was Dewsbury, who proved valuable in 1952-53 when Chicago made the playoffs for the first time since 1946.

Lumley eventually wound up in Toronto and regained the form that had helped Detroit win the Cup in 1950. Henry became Boston’s starter in 1951-52 and played every game in each of the next three seasons.

All things considered, the acquisition of Goldham was enough for Detroit to win this rare mega-deal.

“From that moment on, my greatest time in hockey began,” Goldham said of being traded to the Red Wings. Lindsay said Goldham, “was the best defensive defenseman to play in front of a goalie.”

Emile Francis, a goalie who was Goldham’s teammate in Chicago, supported Lindsay’s point.

“Bob was the best defensive defenseman I ever played for,” he said.

This was Tobin’s second big deal in less than three years while running the underfinanced Black Hawks. In November 1947, he traded Hall of Fame center Max Bentley to Toronto for five players: Stewart, Gus Bodnar, Bud Poile, Ernie Dickens and Goldham.

By the time Chicago ended its playoff drought in 1953, only Bodnar remained. Meanwhile, Bentley helped Toronto win Stanley Cup championships in 1948, 1949 and 1951.

The big trade with the Red Wings couldn’t keep Chicago from finishing last in the six-team NHL for the fourth time in five seasons. The Black Hawks finished last again in 1951-52, then followed their return to the playoffs in 1952-53 with four more last-place finishes. Not until 1958-59, after a change of ownership and the revitalization of its farm system did Chicago find its way back to the playoffs

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The days of old time hockey had a scant few American-born stars outside of Hall of Famers like Frank Goheen and Hobey Baker, but no player from the United States had been a superstar in the NHL before the arrival of Frank Brimsek with the Boston Bruins in 1938-39. Today’s collectors may not realize his significance within the game and the hobby itself, but now is as good a time as any to discuss his cards and memorabilia.

A native of Eleveth, Minnesota, Brimsek was born on September 26, 1915 and began his odyssey to hockey immortality with the Pittsburgh Yellowjackets at the age of 19 in 1934-35. After three seasons in the Steel City, he graduated to the AHL’s Providence Reds and led the team to a Calder Cup championship in 1937-38. He did attend training camp for the Detroit Red Wings as a teenager, but did not end up cracking the roster.
Arrival in Beantown

With Cecil “Tiny” Thompson in the twilight of his career, the Bruins signed Brimsek as a free agent on October 27, 1938. A week later, he debuted against the Toronto Maple Leafs and earned a victory. He won his next outing against Detroit on November 6, but was out of the lineup for a few weeks while Thompson took over the crease for five games.

With a serious dilemma on their hands, the Bruins decided to go with the younger goaltender and shipped Thompson off to Detroit for fellow goalie Normie Smith on November 25. Free to rule the net, Brimsek continued what proved to be one of the greatest rookie seasons in NHL history. After experiencing his first career loss to Montreal on December 1, he recorded six shutouts over the next seven games – surrendering just two to the Habs on December 13. By the end of the 1938-39 season, he had earned the nickname of Mr. Zero and had a remarkable 33-9-1 record to go along with a 1.56 goals-against average and 10 whitewashes. He was voted the NHL’s Rookie of the Year and earned a Vezina Trophy nod to go along with a spot on the league’s First All-Star Team.

If that was not enough, he was brilliant during playoff action. During the semi-finals, he prevailed in a seven-game thriller with the New York Rangers and then eliminated the Toronto Maple Leafs in five to take home the Stanley Cup.

At this time, hockey cards were becoming less of a concern in Canada due to the country’s involvement in World War II, but the 1939-40 O-Pee-Chee set was sure to include him on the checklist. The 5″ x 7″ black and white lithographs were part of the second-last set made before the London, Ontario-based company went on hiatus from making cards and it was the only card made during his playing days. There were two types of Beehive photos featuring Brimsek that were issued during this era and later in his career as well.
Another Cup and Off to War

Brimsek did not experience much of a sophomore jinx and led the league with 31 victories in 1939-40. Things got even better in 1940-41 as he won the Vezina for the second, and final, time in addition to backstopping the Bruins to another Stanley Cup. He was still one of the NHL’s best in the two seasons that followed, but listened to the call from his country and stepped away from the game for two seasons to serve in the Coast Guard. He even tended goal for the Coast Guard Cutters hockey club in 1943-44 before serving in the South Pacific.

Back in Boston’s lineup for 1945-46, he had average numbers during the regular season and turned things up a notch on the way to the Stanley Cup Final. While he did not win, he was consoled by his sixth of what proved to be eight spots on the NHL’s postseason All-Star Team (First on two occasions, Second six times). In 1947-48, he finished second in voting for the Hart Trophy, but he only spent one more year in Boston as the club celebrated its 25th season in the NHL.

With Jack Gelineau nipping at his heels, Brimsek was suddenly expendable to Boston and he was sold to the Chicago Blackhawks on September 8, 1949. The 1949-50 season proved to be his last in the NHL and he went 22-38-10, missing the playoffs. He wound up with 252 career wins and 40 shutouts – numbers that took decades to be surpassed by an American goalies.
Post-Retirement Collectibles

Brimsek did not appear on a card again until the 1983 Hockey Hall of Fame set produced by Montreal-based card store Cartophilium. In the 1993-94 Parkhurst Missing Link collection which served as a “what if” for the missing 1956-57 Parkhurst set, he was depicted on an insert set which was made in the pop-up style of 1936-37 O-Pee-Chee and inserted into cases sold in the United States.

Around this time as well, Parkhurst, which was owned by Dr. Brian Price, was toying with the idea of releasing a Pre-Parkie product which paid tribute to the players who skated before the 1951-52 season. Several living players from this era signed autographs, including Brimsek, but the set was never officially released.

In later years, these cards would surface in the 2004-05 Ultimate Memorabilia 5th Edition product from In The Game as they were embedded into full-sized cards. Today, they occasionally pop up for sale and served as the only certified autograph cards for Brimsek that were not extremely limited such as one-of-one cut signatures. Brimsek was also regularly part of numerous Between The Pipes releases from In The Game and regularly had game-used memorabilia cards which tended to include pieces from his Blackhawks and All-Star Game jerseys. You can see Frank Brimsek cards on eBay here.

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The Chicago Blackhawks have had many great men lead their teams into battle, but only a very select few have been Captains of the Chicago Blackhawks and won a Stanley Cup. Ed Litzenberger was one of those select few.

Ed Litzenberger came up through the Montreal Canadiens, but was traded midway through his rookie season to the Chicago Blackhawks in 1955 when the Blackhawks were truly at their worst.

Litzenberger scored 40 points in his final 44 games as a rookie to take home the Calder trophy as the leagues rookie of the year.

Litzenberger was a huge man at 6 foot 3 inches which was really tall in the 1950’s. He wasn’t a big time hitter but described by many as a gentle giant.

His game really came into shape when he was placed on a line with the very young Bobby Hull, and with the Golden Jet Litzenberger started filling out the stat sheet as the Chicago Blackhawks started their slow climb from worst to first in the Original 6 NHL.
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While the franchise was rebuilding, Litzenberger’s leadership skills were evident to the team as they made him Captain.

The team completed it’s transformation from loser to Stanley Cup Champions in 1961 with the Chicago Blackhawks first Stanley Cup Championship since 1938. Litzenberger scored once and added 3 assists in the Hawks march to the Cup.

The real odd thing about the story is that during the summer of 1961 with the Cup in Chicago, the Blackhawks traded Litzenberger to the Detroit Red Wings, the team they just beat to win the Cup.

Imagine the Blackhawks back in 2010 after winning the Cup for the first time in 49 years trading Toews to the Philadelphia Flyers.

Litzenberger didn’t stay in Detroit long, and ended up going to Toronto and you know just winning three straight Stanley Cups for the Maple Leafs before leaving the NHL for good after the 1964 season.

Litzenberger was a great leader and Champion and that’s why he’s 55th on our list this year.
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