Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Ed Litzenberger
Centre/right-winger Ed Litzenberger played over 600 NHL games for four different clubs in the 50s and 60s. He was a fine goal scorer who once hit the 30-goal mark three consecutive seasons.

Born in Neudorf, Sasktachewan, Litzenberger was a scoring star in junior with the Regina Pats. In 1950-51, he led the league with 44 goals in 40 games and was the leading point producer in the playoffs. In 1952-53, he played a pair of games for the parent Montreal Canadiens but spent most of his first two years as a pro with the Montreal Royals of the Quebec League. In 1953, he was presented the William Northey trophy as the league's top rookie after a 26-goal performance and was placed on the second all-star team in 1954.

The talented forward began the 1954-55 season in Montreal but the club had too many good players. In December, he was traded to the Chicago Black Hawks for cash. Litzenbeger blossomed with the increased ice time and scored 40 points in the last 40 games of the season. Chicago missed the playoffs, but their new addition was named the Calder trophy winner.

By the late 1950s Litzenberger was one of the league's most reliable scorers. He notched three straight 30-goal seasons and was named to the NHL second all-star team in 1957. He often formed a solid line with Bobby Hull and Lorne Ferguson. Between 1958 and 1961, the steady veteran served as the Hawks' team captain. In 1961, he helped the team win its first Stanley Cup since 1938.

During his last three years in the league, Litzenberger was a solid role player on the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs. Before retiring, he helped Toronto win three consecutive Stanley Cups between 1962 and 1964. Litzenberger retired in 1966 after splitting the year between the WHL's Victoria Maple Leafs and the Rochester Americans of the AHL.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1949-50 Regina Pats WCJHL 40 25 19 44 16 9 11 4 15 4
1949-50 Regina Pats M-Cup 14 12 10 22 2
1950-51 Regina Pats WCJHL 40 44 35 79 23 12 14 16 30 6
1950-51 Regina Pats M-Cup 17 12 10 22 14
1951-52 Regina Pats WCJHL 41 42 29 71 75 8 8 5 13 8
1951-52 Regina Pats M-Cup 14 14 12 26 12
1952-53 Montreal Canadiens NHL 2 1 0 1 2
1952-53 Montreal Royals QMHL 59 26 24 50 42 16 8 4 12 15
1953-54 Montreal Canadiens NHL 3 0 0 0 0
1953-54 Montreal Royals QHL 67 31 39 70 44 11 4 5 9 6
1954-55 Montreal Canadiens NHL 29 7 4 11 12
1954-55 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 44 16 24 40 28
1955-56 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 70 10 29 39 36
1956-57 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 70 32 32 64 48
1957-58 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 70 32 30 62 63
1958-59 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 70 33 44 77 37 6 3 5 8 8
1959-60 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 52 12 18 30 15 4 0 1 1 4
1960-61 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 62 10 22 32 14 10 1 3 4 2
1961-62 Detroit Red Wings NHL 32 8 12 20 4
1961-62 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 37 10 10 20 14 10 0 2 2 4
1962-63 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 58 5 13 18 10 9 1 2 3 6
1963-64 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 19 2 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 10
1963-64 Rochester Americans AHL 33 15 14 29 26 2 1 1 2 2
1964-65 Rochester Americans AHL 72 25 61 86 34 10 1 3 4 6
1965-66 Victoria Maple Leafs WHL 23 7 17 24 26
1965-66 Rochester Americans AHL 47 7 15 22 10 12 1 5 6 8
NHL Totals 618 178 238 416 283 40 5 13 18 34


William Northey Trophy (QMHL - Top Rookie) (1953)
QMHL Second Team All-Star (1953)
QHL Second All-Star Team (1954)
Calder Memorial Trophy (1955)
NHL Second All-Star Team (1957) Played in NHL All-Star Game (1955, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1962, 1963)
Traded to Chicago by Montreal for cash, December 10, 1954. Traded to Detroit by Chicago for Gerry Melnyk and Brian Smith, June 12, 1961. Claimed on waivers by Toronto from Detroit, December 29, 1961.