A star Left Wing with the Montreal Canadians, Bert Olmstead did not always receive a lot of the same accolades that his star teammates did, but within the locker room, his worth was well known. Olmstead was not necessarily a good goal scorer, but we was a brilliant passer (he led the NHL in assists twice) and was a very good checker and his tenacious play in the corners gave him the nickname of “Dirty Bertie”. His legacy may not have been one as the greatest player in hockey history, but one who found a way to achieve the maximum of efficiency with the skills that he did have. It inspired the players around him, and freed the coaches to concentrate on other players as Olmstead was considered to be a player who coaches did not need to help out. Overall, Olmstead was a Second Team All Star twice, and a five time Cup winner (four with Montreal and once with Toronto) and had a resume that probably could have gotten him in the Hall a couple of years sooner than he did.
The Bullet Points: Country of Origin: Sceptre, Saskatchewan, Canada
Elected In: 1985
Position: Left Wing
Played for: Chicago Blackhawks Montreal Canadians Toronto Maple Leafs
Major Accolades and Awards: Second Team All Star (2) (1953 & 1956) All Star Games (4) (1953, 1956, 1957 & 1959) Most Assists (2) (1955 & 1958) Stanley Cup Rings (5) (Montreal Canadians 1953, 1956, 1957 & 1958) & (Toronto Maple Leafs 1962)
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