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Tony Leswick was a skilled forward who could play both wings during his twelve years in the league. He was a gritty competitor despite his 5'7" size and notched two 20-goal seasons.

Born in Humboldt, Saskatchewan, Leswick played junior in Saskatoon with the Dodgers and Quakers. In 1942-43, he scored 40 points in 52 games as a rookie pro with the AHL's Cleveland Barons. He also toiled with the PCHL's New Westminster Royals and the Winnipeg Navy before scoring 15 goals as a rookie with the New York Rangers in 1945-46.

Leswick spent six years with the Blueshirts and recorded consecutive 20-goal seasons in 1947 and 1948. After scoring 44 points in 1949-50, he was named to the NHL second all-star team. During this time, he formed a successful combination with Edgar Laprade and Dunc Fisher. In June 1951, "Mighty Mouse" was sent to the Detroit Red Wings for Gaye Stewart.

Leswick was a solid addition to the powerful Red Wings and was inserted on a line with Marty Pavelich and Glen Skov. His skill and savvy helped the Wings win the Stanley Cup in 1952, 1954, and 1955. The clever winger played a season with the Chicago Black Hawks before rejoining Detroit for 22 games in 1957-58. He retired after playing nine games for the WHL's Vancouver Canucks in 1959-60.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1939-40 Saskatoon Dodgers N-SJHL 4 5 2 7 13 2 4 1 5 0
1940-41 Saskatoon Jr. Quakers N-SJHL 11 15 10 25 34 2 1 6 7 2
1940-41 Saskatoon Quakers S-SSHL 1 0 0 0 2
1940-41 Saskatoon Jr. Quakers M-Cup 12 7 4 11 14
1941-42 Saskatoon Quakers SSHL 32 21 21 42 45 9 3 5 8 4
1941-42 Saskatoon Quakers Al-Cup 5 2 3 5 4
1942-43 Cleveland Barons AHL 52 14 26 40 43 4 3 3 6 4
1942-43 Victoria VMD NNDHL 2 0 2 2 0
1943-44 Saskatoon Navy SSHL 18 26 26 52 50 4 3 2 5 18
1943-44 New Westminster Royals NWIHL 19 25 11 36 10 2 0 2 2 0
1944-45 Winnipeg Navy WNDHL 12 9 8 17 33 6 7 2 9 12
1945-46 New York Rangers NHL 50 15 9 24 26
1946-47 New York Rangers NHL 59 27 14 41 51
1947-48 New York Rangers NHL 60 24 16 40 76 6 3 2 5 8
1948-49 New York Rangers NHL 60 13 14 27 70
1949-50 New York Rangers NHL 69 19 25 44 85 12 2 4 6 12
1950-51 New York Rangers NHL 70 15 11 26 112
1951-52 Detroit Red Wings NHL 70 9 10 19 93 8 3 1 4 22
1952-53 Detroit Red Wings NHL 70 15 12 27 87 6 1 0 1 11
1953-54 Detroit Red Wings NHL 70 6 18 24 90 12 3 1 4 18
1954-55 Detroit Red Wings NHL 70 10 17 27 137 11 1 2 3 20
1955-56 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 70 11 11 22 71
1956-57 Edmonton Flyers WHL 60 22 31 53 107 8 2 1 3 6
1957-58 Detroit Red Wings NHL 22 1 2 3 2 4 0 0 0 0
1957-58 Edmonton Flyers WHL 42 10 15 25 46
1958-59 Edmonton Flyers WHL 36 3 13 16 27
1959-60 Vancouver Canucks WHL 9 3 6 9 0 11 0 1 1 0
NHL Totals 740 165 159 324 900 59 13 10 23 91


Brother of Jack and Pete
NHL Second All-Star Team (1950)
WHL Prairie Division Second All-Star Team (1957) Played in NHL All-Star Game (1947, 1948, 1949, 1950, 1952, 1954)
Claimed by NY Rangers from Buffalo (AHL) in Inter-League Draft, June 14, 1945. Traded to Detroit by NY Rangers for Gaye Stewart, June 8, 1951. Traded to Chicago by Detroit with Glen Skov, Johnny Wilson and Benny Woit for Jerry Toppazzini, John McCormack, Dave Creighton and Gord Hollingworth, May 27, 1955. Traded to Detroit by Chicago for cash, August 1, 1956.