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240. Gus Mortson

When you have a nickname of “Old Hardrock” you kind of get an idea of just what type of Defenseman that Gus Mortson was.  From Northern Ontario he was paired with another youngster in Jim Thomson and they would become the ”Gold Dust Twins”. 

When you are referred to as a rock it implies that you were just that on defense and this was exactly what Mortson was.  He was an old school blueliner (even in that era) who would lead the NHL in Penalty Minutes four times and he was named a First Team All-Star in 1950.  Mortson’s defensive prowess was a large part of the Maple Leafs rebuilding in the mid-40s and he would help them win four Stanley Cups.

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  • Country of Origin: New Liskeard, Ontario, Canada
  • Eligible Since: Monday, 01 January 1962
  • Position: Defence
  • Played For: Chicago Blackhawks, Detroit Red Wings, Toronto Maple Leafs
  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    First Team All-Star (1) (1950)

    All-Star (8) (1947, 1948, 1950, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1954 & 1956)

    Most Penalties in Minutes (4) (1947, 1951, 1954 & 1957)

    Stanley Cup Rings (4) (Toronto Maple Leafs 1947, 1948, 1949 & 1951)

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#1 Matt Marriner 2021-12-03 01:23
Gus Mortson should have been in the hall of fame long ago. He should have been alive to see his plaque. Vote him in.
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