12. Norm Ullman

Norm Ullman was not the premier scorer in the National Hockey League, but when he had the puck, few could control it better than he could, and if there was a better forechecker in his day, we don’t know who it was.

Ullman debuted after the heyday of Red Wings in the 1950s, debuting in the 1955-56 Season, but he was still on a line on with Gordie Howe and Ted Lindsay, and part of the backbone of a very good team.  The Center scored at least 50 Points after his debut year for the rest of the 1950s, and he rose that to 70 in 1960-61.  Ullman had his best year in a Detroit uniform in 1964-65, where he led the NHL in Goals (42), Even Strength Goals (31), and Game Winning Goals (10). For the first time in his career, Ullman was a First Team All-Star, and two years later, after his third straight 70-Point year, he was a Second Team All-Star.  This was the last full year for Ullman as a Red Wing, as during the following year, he was dealt to the Toronto Maple Leafs, again arriving one year too late, as the Leafs won their last Cup in ’67.

Ullman never won a Stanley Cup but was the leading scorer in the 1963 and 1966 Playoffs, and he amassed 74 Points in 80 Playoff Games.

With the Red Wings, Ullman scored 758 Points and had 1,229 in total in the National Hockey League. Ullman entered the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1982.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Center
  • Acquired: Signed before the 1955-56 Season.
  • Departed:

    Traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs with Floyd Smith, Paul Henderson, and Doug Barrie for Frank Mahovlich, Pete Sternkowski, Garry Unger, and the rights to Carl Brewer 3/3/68.

  • Games Played: 875
  • Notable Statistics:

    324 Goals
    434 Assists 
    758 Points 
    553 PIM 
    0.87 PPG 
    -48 Plus/Minus* 
    75.4 Point Shares 
    74 Points in 80 Playoff Games

    *Plus/Minus was not calculated until the 1959/60 Season

  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    First Team All-Star (1965)
    Second Team All-Star (1967)
    All-Star Game (1955, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1967 & 1968*)
    Most Goals (1964-65)
    Most Even Strength Goals (1964-65)
    Most Game Winning Goals (1964-65)
    Most Offensive Point Shares (1964-65)

    *Ullman was traded late in the season to Toronto.

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