Ed litzenberger (picture courtesty of hockeythenandnow.com)
We’re heading into the dog days of the offseason, counting the days until the Chicago Blackhawks 2014 Season kicks off. We’re going to do a Top 100 list of all time Chicago Blackhawks. It’s a fun way to pass the time and take a stroll down Memory Lane.
Ed Litzenberger 1954-1961
Ed Litzenberger was traded in his rookie season from the Montreal Canadiens to the Chicago Blackhawks and he reportedly cried that night when he was told he was leaving his favorite team to go to the horrible Blackhawks. Litzenberger got a hold of his emotions and ended up winning the Calder trophy with Chicago for his great rookie season.
Litzenberger was huge for the 50’s at 6’3″ but unlike other few big players of that era he wasn’t a physical presence but more of lanky awkward looking player that came into his own starting in the 1957 season which started three straight seasons of 30 goals per season. During that stretch a young phenom named Bobby Hull was Litzenberger’s linemate.
In 1958 Litzenberger became the Captain of the Blackhawks and he wore that C very well showing the young Blackhawks players the right way to play the game with his leadership and example. Litzenberger led the young Hawks into the 1961 Finals and led them all the way to hoisting the Stanley Cup.
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The Hawks traded Litzenberger in the 1961 offseason which seems kind of insane and he ended up landing in Toronto and was on the Maple Leafs team that won three straight Cups.
Litzenberger was a very good Hawk that moved the team from the Dark ages to a Cup (sound familiar?) and ends up at #56 in our All-time list!
Here is a Litzenberger video review of his career.
What do you think? Too high or Too Low for Litzenberger?
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