10. Earl Seibert

Earl Seibert may never have won the Norris Trophy as the National Hockey League’s top Defenseman, but look at the consecutive string of All-NHL Selections he had!

As a New York Ranger, Seibert was a First Team All-Star in 1935, and in the season he was traded to Chicago he was a Second Team All-Star.  Over the next five seasons (1936-37 to 1940-41) he was a Second Team All-Star and in the three years after (while granted it was a depleted league due to World War II) he was a First Team All-Star.  WWII or not, that is one hell of a streak!

Seibert was a very serious player on and off the ice and his tenacious negotiating essentially led to Rangers ownership looking to unload him rather than pay him.  New York’s loss was Chicago’s gain and Seibert went on a near decade run of being one of the best shot blockers and checkers in the game and also one of the toughest as Eddie Shore famously said that Seibert was one player that he was actually afraid to fight!  Seibert anchored the Blackhawks blueline leading Chicago to a Stanley Cup in 1938 and he did score 191 Points over 410 Games, which for a Defenceman in that era is very good.

Sadly many remember Earl Seibert for ending the career of Howie Morenz in 1937 when he drove him awkwardly to the boards shattering his leg.  Morenz would die from complications of the injury six weeks later. 

Seibert would enter the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1963.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Defence
  • Acquired: Traded to the New York Rangers for Art Coulter 1/15/36.
  • Departed: Traded to the Detroit Red Wings with Future Considerations (which would be Fido Purpur) for Cully Simon, Don Grosso and Butch McDonald 1/2/45.
  • Games Played: 410
  • Notable Statistics: 217 Goals
    314 Assists
    531 Points
    400 PIM
    .47 PPG
    N/A Plus/Minus*
    40.2 Point Shares
    17 Points in 23 Playoff Games

    *Plus/Minus was not calculated when Seibert played.
  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    Stanley Cup Champion (1938)
    First Team All-Star (1942, 1943 & 1944)
    Second Team All-Star (*1936, 1937, 1938, 1939, 1940 & 1941)
    Most Short-Handed Goals (1937)

    *Seibert was traded from the New York Rangers midway through the season
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