30. Moose Vasko

The owner of arguably the best name in Chicago Blackhawks history, Elmer “Moose” Vasko stood at 6’ 3” and was a full 200 pounder, a fairly large player for his day.  Shoulder issues in his early seasons prevented him from reaching his full potential but once that subsided he would become a vital member of the Blackhawks’ blueline and one of the better players.  His toughness had few equals and his play was good enough to warrant him two Second Team All Star nods (1962-63 & 1963-64) and he was in the top four both of those years in Norris Trophy voting.

Vasko would help the Blackhawks win the 1961 Stanley Cup and while they did not win the title in 1965, he helped them reach the Finals and was the Playoff leader in Plus/Minus.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Defence
  • Acquired: Signed prior to the 1955/56 Season.
  • Departed: Claimed by the Minnesota North Stars in the Expansion Draft 6/6/67.
  • Games Played: 641
  • Notable Statistics: 32 Goals
    153 Assists
    185 Points
    608 PIM
    .29 PPG
    +103 Plus/Minus*
    49.8 Point Shares
    7 Points in 64 Playoff Games

    *Plus/Minus became a stat in the 1969/60 Season.
  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    Stanley Cup Champion (1961)
    Second Team All-Star (1963 & 1964)
    All-Star (1961, 1963 & 1964)
    Highest Defensive Point Shares (1965)

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