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31. Ed Litzenberger

31. Ed Litzenberger

Depending on who you believe, Ed Litzenberger was traded from the Montreal Canadiens for Cash in the hope that it would help what was a struggling franchise.  If that is the case, it was a huge gift as the talented forward would be named the Calder Trophy winner in a year he was traded.  He was not a one season wonder as he would be named to three All Star teams as a Chicago Blackhawk and would finish in the top five three times in Goals.  His best season was in the 1956-57 season where he was fifth in Points and the NHL leader in Even Strength Goals with 30.

Litzenberger would be named the Team Captain in 1958 and he would win the Stanley Cup in 1961; his final season as a Blackhawk.  After the season ended he was traded to the Detroit Red Wings and was waived by the team and would be picked up by the Toronto Maple Leafs where he would promptly help them win three more Cups in a row.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Right Wing, Center
  • Acquired: Traded from the Montreal Canadiens for Cash 12/10/54.
  • Departed: Traded to the Detroit Red Wings for Gerry Lelnyk and Brian Smith 6/6/67.
  • Games Played: 438
  • Notable Statistics: 145 Goals
    199 Assists
    344 Points
    239 PIM
    .79 PPG
    -28 Plus/Minus*
    34.4 Point Shares
    13 Points in 20 Playoff Games

    Plus/Minus did not become a stat until the 1959/60 Season.
  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    Stanley Cup Champion (1961)
    Second Team All-Star (1957)
    All-Star (1957, 1958 & 1959)
    Calder Trophy (1955*)

    *Litzenberger was traded midway through the season from Montreal.
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